Searching for a solution that would allow him to use any restroom without having to leave his wheelchair, Mike had the idea of adapting a funnel to help him use a standard toilet or urinal. But he realized that the product would have to be disposable.
For the last four years, Mike Robinson has struggled to regain the freedom he lost when diabetes cost him his legs. Now the 66-year-old former carpenter is finding more freedom than ever by founding a new company he hopes will help countless other handicapped individuals with a very personal and painful problem that most fully-abled people take for granted. Obviously restricted to a wheelchair, Mike's disability makes even the simple act of going to the bathroom without help a difficult task.
Searching for a solution that would allow him to use any restroom without having to leave his wheelchair, Mike had the idea of adapting a funnel to help him use a standard toilet or urinal. But he realized that the product would have to be disposable. Mike contacted S&S Concepts, Inc. the company responsible for Fast Funnel disposable funnels for help in developing a funnel for his special need.
Sold in numerous retail stores, Fast Funnel disposable funnels are general purpose funnels made of coated, heavy grade paper, folded flat for easy storing. Fast Funnel was exactly what Mike had in mind, but the standard funnels were too small for his application. After contacting S&S Concepts Inc., manufacturers of Fast Funnel, Mike worked with company vice president, Larry Salani, to adapt a Fast Funnel for his purpose. The new funnel is compact and disposable like all Fast Funnel products but longer. This size provides the reach needed for a wheelchair or walker bound patient to access standard bathroom facilities without assistance or the need for a handicapped equipped stall.
Now, Mike and S&S Concepts are working together to bring this product to those who need it. A first time entrepreneur at an age others are retiring, Mike has signed on with S&S as a distributor for the new product they're calling the Freedom Funnel. Of course, S&S and Mike hope to make a profit from Freedom Funnels but really look forward to the day when Freedom Funnels are helping thousands of disabled people regain a measure of independence.
"This is more than just a business for me, this is my life" says Mike, "even if I wasn't directly involved, I would buy this product...it's that important."
For more information on Freedom Funnel and S&S Concepts, Inc. call them at (847) 434-1560
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