PittsburghWhen the sun comes out and the snow has all melted away, Pittsburgh wheelchair users know it must almost be time for the annual Wheelchair Wash & Tune-Up. What began five years ago as an offshoot of a peer mentoring group, with five to 10 people attending, has grown into one of the centerpiece events of the Pittsburgh chapter of United Spinal. This year’s event is scheduled for June 4 at UPMC Mercy and promises to be the best yet.

“The wheelchair wash and tune-up is a place where people can come and get their chairs washed and you can also get a consultation with a wheelchair provider to see if there’s anything that needs to be fixed right now – simple things like tightening up brakes and bolts and casters and things along those lines – and if they can’t do a quick fix on site, they can let you know what’s going on, what it would take to repair and if they can repair it or if they can just relay that information to their wheelchair provider,” says Bryan McCormick, the chapter president.