Christian Roux Ltd.
To be Featured
on “The Profiles Series”
Christian Roux Ltd. announced today that the company has been selected to be featured on “The Profiles Series” in a story about “Improving the Quality of Life for Walking Aid Dependent People”. The show hosted by Lou Gossett Jr. profiles organizations, and people that provide solutions on a national/international level; Christian Roux’s patented and trademarked “Hurri-Cane Crutch” is a new walking aid designed to assist those with various disabilities. “We are extremely excited to be a featured guest on the Profiles Series”, said Christian Roux, CEO Christian Roux Ltd.
One customer Brett Angel says before finding the Hurri/Cane-Crutch he tried several different industrial crutches, and The Hurri/Cane-Crutch has been the most helpful and has greatly improved his mobility. He says it is stronger, lighter, and more adjustable than any other crutches on the market. The Hurri/Cane-Crutch is more than just a cane or a crutch. It is an innovative "rehabilitation tool" designed to build upper body strength. It also addresses the need for comfort for users who suffer from residual degenerative conditions such as carpal tunnel, underarm pressure, and back problems.
The Profiles Series disseminates information to consumers and industry alike in order to address the important issues facing today’s marketplace. Executive Producer Wali Waiters says “The innovative solutions offered by Christian Roux Ltd. are helping to change and transform lives, and we are excited about their story”.
Portions of the Hurri/Cane-Crutch profile were shot on location at The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living in Ann Arbor Michigan
About “The Profiles Series”
“The Profiles Series” is independently produced by Profiles Productions, LLC. in Boca Raton, Florida. Our mission is to create quality programming which will inform, educate and enlighten our viewers both nationally and internationally. We cover a variety of topics ranging from health and medical to business, and environmental. “The Profiles Series” can be seen on cable networks nationwide and internationally on Voice of America Television. www.profilesseries.com
About Christian Roux Ltd.
Christian Roux Ltd. is a family owned and operated corporation founded in 1997. Our mission is to provide people who have ambulatory disabilities with innovative, practical products to enhance their mobility and to maximize their quality of life. To find out more about the Hurri/Cane-Crutch and our other products visit us at:
September 4, 2001 1:01pm Source: PR Newswire
Finalists Named in First Annual Accessibility Awards; Winners to be Honored Sept. 28 at Hyatt Regency Dinner Program By ESD and National Multiple Sclerosis Society Michigan Chapter
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sep 4, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The nine finalists in the first annual da Vinci Accessibility Awards developed by ESD The Engineering Society (ESD) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) Michigan Chapter, Inc. were announced today.
Finalists were selected from nominations in five categories. Winners will be honored Sept. 28 at a program called Dinner with da Vinci at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn.
The nine 2001 finalists by category are:
* Assistive Technology: IBM Home Page Reader
* Facilities: Donald and Susan Miles Home.
* Information Technology: iCan.Com.
* Materials: Cool Things Fabric.
* Personal Mobility: Amigo Excite, Hurri-Cane Crutch, and Michigan State University's Shaw Lane Crossings.
* Vehicular Mobility: GM Mobility Center, and Saturn Corporation Three- door-coupe
Winners will be announced Sept. 7.
ESD and NMSS joined forces in this venture to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges facing people regardless of their physical ability.
The program was named after da Vinci because of his efforts to broaden humanity's horizons, which changed the way people, saw the world. The da Vinci awards are designed to honor the individuals and companies continuing his work through accessibility design innovations that have improved accessibility and empowered people, regardless of their physical ability and to showcase these efforts.
Proceeds from Dinner with da Vinci will support the efforts of ESD and the NMSS to ensure an accessible environment for all individuals regardless of their physical ability through education services and research.
"In a very real sense, the da Vinci Accessibility Awards will honor the men and women who continue da Vinci's work. Through their efforts in innovation and accessibility design, they continue to broaden our horizons to help all of us, regardless of physical ability -- see and experience the world around us in exciting new ways," said G. Richard Wagoner, Jr., General Motors President and CEO, Chairman of the Leadership Committee for the program. A Steering Committee of volunteers from both ESD and the MS Society has spearheaded the program under the Leadership Committee.
The first annual Dinner with da Vinci and awards program is sponsored by General Motors. The collaborative venture of two seemingly unrelated non- profit organizations is a unique partnership to bring awareness to the general public of the challenges individuals with physical disabilities face in their daily lives.
SOURCE: ESD The Engineering Society
CONTACT: Lee Sechler of ESD The Engineering Society, +1-248-355-2910
Wednesday, March 18, 1998
Inventor modernizes age-old wooden crutch
His aluminum model has flexible tips and converts to a cane
Christian Roux's Hurri-Cane/Crutch can be adjusted to
many heights. Rubber tips prevent slipping. Roux's crutch has hand-shaped grips and
open-slit cuffs that slip over the forearm to
make gripping the crutch easy
By David Wahlberg
WHITMORE LAKE -- Ask Christian Roux about his invention, an aluminum crutch, and he'll lay it across two separated chairs. Then he'll stand on it. "Most crutches would break in two," Roux declares, resembling a pitchman from a late-night television commercial. "But this one is strong."
Strength is one of several features that sets the crutch apart, Roux says. The device also has a flexible rubber tip to prevent slipping, half-inch height adjustments to suit people of many sizes and a grip shaped to fit the hand.
Also, it can be converted from a crutch to a cane in a hurry, one reason Roux calls it the "Hurri-Cane/Crutch."
The other reason: "We're going to take the market by storm," said Marilyn Roux, his wife and enthusiastic business partner.
It's not just the enterprising couple who like the design of the crutch. The initial reviews from area health care providers are promising.
"We're all intrigued by some of the interesting design components," said James Leonard, chairman of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan Medical Center. "It has credibility and should be pursued."
Jon Wardner, heads of physical medicine and rehabilitation at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, also is impressed with the device: "The grip conforms to the shape of the human hand, as opposed to many traditionally shaped canes, in which the hand must conform to the shape of the cane."
Tom Dobson, an Ann Arbor resident with multiple sclerosis, has been using a Hurri-Cane/Crutch for more than a year.
"It's a fantastic innovation," he said. "The tip stays flat on the ground. That gives you so much security and makes you feel less tentative. It allows you to be more able-bodied."
Roux recently received a U.S. patent for the Hurri-Cane/Crutch, which he's selling for $140 a pair, and now he's searching for investors to help set up a distribution network. He has made some of the crutches himself in a friend's garage in Brighton.
Hundreds more are being produced in his native Switzerland by workers with disabilities.
The crutch is ideal for people with chronic conditions, such as MS, hip or knee problems, or amputations, Roux said. It also can be used for short-term breaks and strains.
In fact, the Rouxs sent a pair to President Clinton last year after he hurt his knee. The White House politely replied that Clinton couldn't use them because he can't advertise products, Roux said.
The couple moved to this area in 1995 from Switzerland, where Roux sold a crutch he developed in the 1970s after a military injury. Now they're trying to get Americans interested in the new model.
Roux, an industrial designer by training, was injured in 1969 when a tank ran over his left foot in a military exercise. He was given traditional wooden crutches that rest under the arms.
"I didn't like them," he said. "They hurt my hands, and they were too heavy."
He designed a more comfortable, aluminum model and got attention by receiving a gold medal at an inventors convention.
Soon, the Swiss facility with disabled workers was mass-producing his crutch.
Marilyn Roux, originally from Ann Arbor, left town at age 21 to become a singer and bass player with a band in Florida. Her music career eventually took her to a Switzerland club, where she met Christian Roux. The couple stayed there until her mother in Ypsilanti became sick in 1995. They moved here to be closer to her.
Marilyn Roux's mother became one of the inspirations for the Hurri-Cane/Crutch. A diabetic, she had a leg amputated and needed a way to get around. Roux set out to make a crutch with some improvements over his Swiss model.
The comfortable grip, flexible tip and the crutch's durability are some of its best selling points, Roux said.
Another is that it rests on the forearm with an open-slit cuff. That way, users can get in and out of the crutch easily, and can do other tasks like putting a key in a lock or handling money.
The Christian Roux Ltd. web site is at http://hurricanecrutch.com/index.htm.
David Wahlberg writes for the Ann Arbor News. This report was distributed by the Associated Press.
Copyright 1998, The Detroit News
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