Our Company's Beginnings
years with emphysema, our mother was prescribed oxygen to assist
her with breathing. This was the beginning of the Handi-Air Tote.
been active all of her life she wanted to continue to live her life
to the fullest; running errands, visiting family and friends, trying
to help others. Yet, being slight of stature, the added burdens
of both her troubled breathing, and the heavy portable oxygen tank
limited her activities that she so enjoyed.
The strap hurt her
shoulder. The tank was heavy, limiting her mobility and restricting her
Others carrying her oxygen with the shoulder bag made her feel self conscious
She began to feel like she would rather stay home than deal with people's stares
and comments. Her research into other options found only a large metal cart
which was more conspicuous and difficult to handle. This is all she needed to
create the solution.
With some thoughtful creativity, she thought a school back-pack might solve
this little problem. As part of an acceptable sized pull cart, it would keep
the oxygen disguised in public. The low center of gravity and adjustable handle
would allow her to pull the oxygen independently. The added pockets would allow
for her to carry personal items and medications without an additional purse.
The person needed to help her was sitting across the dinner table, with 50 years
of marriage (They say teamwork), of sharing ideas and working together, building
much of what was needed. He had over 40 years of professional design and engineering
experience that wouldn't hurt either. Dad's "honey do" list just got a little
He listened to her describe her problems and ideas. After
months and several trial and error samples she gave her blessing
to the final carrier case.
But this was only the beginning. People began to inquire where they could purchase
the carrier case for themselves, family, or friends. Then the owner of her oxygen
supplier approached Mom and Dad to purchase them for all of her other portable
At our first Medtrade show we had overwhelming acceptance from dealers hearing
comments such as:
"I'll buy all of
these units off the floor or I've been waiting for a product like this for over
2 years... "
"I know a few patients in particular that need this right away."
Since this time we've spoken to many people. Patients, dealers, and companies
have graciously given their time, knowledge and experience. This has allowed
us to make the best possible product and help others gain back their personal
We take great pride and honor in being able to assist people that have the courage
and determination to fight past their medical condition to expand their daily
We thank all of you!