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Glendale man builds specialized wheelchairs

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A valley man creates a very special wheelchair in honor of his late brother. That chair and dozens of others like it are getting a lot of attention for good reason.

Hard at work inside the garage of a Glendale home -- a dental equipment repairman and his buddies, a construction supply salesman and software developer.

"I always thought my machines were going to change the world someday," said Lance Greathouse of Greathouse Labs.

One by one, Lance Greathouse's electronic wheelchairs have changed lives, if not the world.

"Lance I mean the guy is a mechanical whiz," said Doug Rhodes.

"It started with my brother, he had a form of Parkinson's disease, ended up in a wheelchair," said Greathouse.

Greathouse created this fully adjustable flame-throwing revolving chair for his brother.

"When people looked at him, instead of feeling pity they felt awe."

Each chair is as individual as the person who will be using it. Greathouse Labs tells us that they put in about 100 hours of labor into one chair. More than a dozen have already been donated.

"Our next project is a Tron light bike-inspired wheelchair that has a coma clutch in it so it can climb hills in San Francisco for a friend of mine in San Francisco," says Chris Collins.

The trio relies on donations. Used or broken chairs are the foundation, transformed into cool creations.

"I hope to get some more machinery and do our own painting and upholstery," said Greathouse.

Greathouse and his friends will continue to build -- his late brother always the inspiration, helping others, always his hope.

Greathouse has built chairs for people all over the U.S. and he has requests from all over the world.


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