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Teen Helps Organize Tampa Bowling Event for Veterans

Bay News 9
October 10, 2015
By Amy Mariani, Reporter

TAMPA – More than 30 people competed in a bowling tournament Saturday that raised money for veterans.

The Strike of Vets Charity Bowling Tournament raised money for the Stay in Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center. The money will help the center provide rehab for those who can’t afford it.

The charity tournament was the brainchild of Daniel Bolan. The 17-year-old high school student wanted to help his friend Romy Camargo.

Romy is a 20-year Army veteran who became paralyzed in 2008 after a bullet hit him in the back of the neck. He started the spinal cord injury center to help veterans like himself, and anyone recovering from a spinal cord injury.
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IKAN Bowler® Helps Paraplegic Bowl From Wheelchairs

WTSP 10 News
October 8, 2015
By Bobby Lewis

Orlando – 17-year-old Daniel Bolan couldn’t help but stare at the bowler next to him.

“If I was in a wheelchair I couldn’t do that,” he said. “It makes me happy to see them.”

Bolan stood and watched as Bill Miller and Romy Camargo rolled bowling balls down the lanes with the help of a device Miller helped invent. The IKAN bowler is a ramp that connects to a wheelchair and helps propel the ball towards the pins when the chair comes to a stop.

“People who haven’t seen it before are usually pretty amazed at what we can do,” said Miller.

On September 16, 2008, Camargo was shot in the neck while serving in the Army in Afghanistan. He’d never bowled before his injury. On Thursday, he hit a strike on his third roll with the IKAN bowler.
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Quad Squad Bowls Over Adversity

Daily Commercial
June 21, 2012

LEESBURG – Bill Miller’s life changed two days before he was set to being his senior year of college in 1997, when he tripped in his bedroom over exercise equipment and ended up being a quadriplegic on a ventilator.

“Much like actor and real-life Superman, Christopher Reeve,” said the Leesburg resident, who uses a computer with voice software to communicate. “OK. So, my arms and legs don’t cooperate when I tell them to move. But I still have my heart, my mind, and my soul — which are the best parts of Bill Miller.”

Another great attribute that Miller possesses is his positive attitude and desire to make life more enjoyable for other quadriplegics.

He formed the Quad Squad, a group of four to eight bowlers in power wheelchairs, who can be seen twice a month at Lake County bowling lanes where they use the IKAN Bowler device that Miller invented with Leesburg engineer Claude Giguere.
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With Device, Paralysis Proves No Barrier to Bowling

Orlando Sentinel
August 8, 2009
By Rosalind Jennings

Several years ago, it was hard for Bill Miller, 32, to take part in sports. Being paralyzed from the neck down had left him with few options.

“There was nothing I could do recreationally or sports-wise,” said the Leesburg resident, who suffered a spinal-cord injury in 1997 when he tripped on an exercise device in his bedroom.

The accident left him with injuries similar to those of the late actor Christopher Reeve, and Miller uses a ventilator to breathe.

He figured there might be a way for him to bowl. Today, at a Lady Lake alley, he bowls with other disabled people using a device he invented with Leesburg engineer Claude Giguere. Called the IKAN Bowler, it’s a ramp that fits on a wheelchair and allows the user to send a bowling ball down the lane. It was completed in 2002, and disabled bowlers were soon using it.
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Any Power Wheelchair User Can Go BOWLING and Play Power Soccer

By Vincent A. Tifer
Chairman, Board of Directors MGT

With the IKAN BOWLER® all POWER WHEELCHAIR USERS can go WHEELCHAIR BOWLING. Including people with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Quadriplegia, Spinal Cord Injuries, Multiple Sclerosis and other power wheelchair users…

Power Wheelchair User Bowling With IKAN Bowler

August in the college town of Gainesville, Florida is a time when you find the few and the hard core still hanging around off campus, waiting for another semester to begin and more friends to return. For Bill Miller and his roommates Rob Harrison and Ernie Barnett, it was a carefree time, filled with workouts, cookouts, girls, sports, beer and take out.
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Bowling, Bonding
Paralyzed Father Takes Son to Hospital Event

Rocky Mountain News
By Rosa Ramirez

Ron GulickRon Gulick, 35, uses an IKAN, a device attached to his wheelchair, to compete in a bowling tournament. Gulick scored 100 points as his son, Jack, cheered him on.

The weekend before Ron Gulick’s truck rolled over during a hunting trip, he threw a bowling bash for his son Jack as an early birthday present. The boy was turning 5 and Gulick wanted to host an activity they would both enjoy.
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Inspired Invention

The Magazine of Shepherd Center
Winter 2007
Dan Sadowsky

Bill Miller“We’re on a mission to get wheelchair users back in the game of life!”

Bill Miller and Bruce Howerton don’t know each other, but they share a lot in common. Both suffered life-altering accidents. Both are now quadriplegics. And both have invented products to help keep them active in their wheelchairs. In the process, they’ve helped improve the quality of life for others with spinal cord injuries. “To me it’s not about inventing things,” says Miller. “It’s about overcoming obstacles.”
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Rolling to Strikes
Disabled Bowler Knocks Down Pins – Raises Score and Awareness

By Phil Sandoval
Free Press Sports Editor
February 14, 2007

Jon MusgraveJon Musgrave releases the ball during a recent practice at GJ Scores. Musgrave practices five times a week for three hours daily and competes in a weekly league.

Jon Musgrave angers other bowlers. That’s not his intention when he wheels his way up the GJ Scores alleys. It’s just that the wheelchair-bound Musgrave usually outscores most able-bodied bowlers who happen be in the next lane.
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Article seen in International Bowling Industry Magazine/June 2006

Doug SinclairTournament winner Doug Sinclair with Cindy Shock, registered nurse on staff at Craig.

Fifty bowlers, caddies and spectators turned out at Belleview Lanes in Englewood, Colorado recently for a tournament using IKAN Bowler®, a ramp-based assistance device designed and manufactured by MGT Corp. of Brandon, Florida.
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The Villages Daily Sun
The Villages, Florida

IKAN Bowler® allows those suffering from spinal cord injuries to hit the lanes

Bill Miller and Marguerite SharpMarguerite Sharp, right, places the bowling ball on the Ikan Bowler® of Bill Miller’s wheelchair as he prepares to bowl a strike at the Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages. George Horsford / Daily Sun

THE VILLAGES – Bill Miller glides down the waxed lanes of Spanish Springs

Lanes bowling center and carefully lines up his shot before pausing at the foul line. He releases the ball, which rolls slowly, but steadily, toward its 10 targets. As it smashes the pins, a single one remains standing.
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