Gabi “Loco” and Freedom Trax Cozumel

Support a local mobility business & help a local family…..

Gabi was a dive master, that worked at many different dive operations, during his life in Cozumel. In September 2010, Gabi was diving with 2 other divers. One of the divers came under the effects of nitrogen narcosis and inexplicably decided to dive to the bottom. Gabi went after her to try and save her. He did bring her to the surface, but she passed a month later and Gabi was left paralyzed from mid-chest down.

 

Since then we’ve been working together, to find a way for Gabi to support his family and live a productive life. We started Freedom Divers Cozumel to help promote adaptive diving in Cozumel.

 

Gabi also started Gabi Loco’s Mayan Treasures to sell his hand made souvenirs. The souvenir market in Cozumel is highly competitive and Gabi has struggled to make enough to support his family.

During the summer of 2017, Chris Wright saw a video showing Freedom Trax, a mobility device that can be attached to most manual wheelchairs and can go over sand, mud, gravel and other off-road obstacles. We started a go fund me and raised over half of the money needed to purchase a Freedom Trax for Gabi.

 

Since his accident, Gabi has only been able to see the beaches from the parking lot. He can only watch as his family enjoys their day at the beach. Cozumel has beautiful beaches, but there is very little access for people with mobility issues. The first day that we brought Gabi’s Freedom Trax to Cozumel, we went to Chen Rio. Even in the deep sand of Chen Rio, Gabi was able to go everywhere on the beach.

 

There are thousands of people with mobility issues that come to Cozumel every year. These people are not able to enjoy the beaches of Cozumel fully. Therefore, Gabi started Freedom Trax Cozumel. Gabi will be renting Freedom Trax, so that other people can enjoy the beautiful beaches of Cozumel. By starting a rental business, Gabi will also be able to support his family more effectively.

 

Please help by getting the word out. Gabi and his wife Maria will deliver Freedom Trax to hotels, beach clubs, beaches, etc. In time, we will have more Freedom Trax to rent and Gabi will be able to do Freedom Trax tours. Between April 5th and 12th we will have 2 additional Freedom Trax in Cozumel.

 

Contact us on the Freedom Trax Cozumel Facebook page to set up a tour or rental with Gabi and Freedom Trax Cozumel. Gabi is also the exclusive dealer for Freedom Trax in the Cozumel area. If you decide you want to buy a Freedom Trax for home, Gabi can help you with that as well. We want to make everywhere in Cozumel wheelchair accessible with Freedom Trax and Gabi Locos Freedom Trax Cozumel.

 

Gabi “Loco” y Freedom Trax Cozumel

Apoyen a un comercio local dedicado a la movilidad y ayuden a una familia local. . .

Viviendo en Cozumel Gabi solía ser guía de buceo, laborando en distintas operaciones de buceo. En Septiembre del 2010 buceaba con otros 2 buzos, y una se vio afectada por los efectos de la narcosis por nitrógeno e inexplicablemente decidió bucear hacia el fondo. Gabi fue tras ella y la salvó. Logró sacarla a la superficie, sin embargo falleció un mes después y Gabi quedó de la mitad del pecho izquierdo hacia abajo.

 

Desde entonces hemos trabajado unidos con el objeto de encontrar una forma para que Gabi pueda mantener a su familia y vivir una vida productiva. Comenzamos Freedom Divers Cozumel para ayudar a promover el buceo flexible.

 

Gabi también abrió Gabi Loco’s Mayan Treasures para vender sus recuerdos hechos a mano. El mercado de recuerdos en Cozumel es sumamente competitivo y Gabi ha batallado para sacar lo suficiente para mantener a su familia.

 

Durante el verano del año 2017, Chris Wight vio un video que mostraba el Freedom Trax, un dispositivo móvil que puede fijarse a la mayoría de las sillas de ruedas manuales y cruzar sobre la arena, lodo, grava y otros obstáculos todoterreno. Comenzamos una colecta en la página “Go Fund Me” y reunimos la mitad del dinero necesario para adquirir un Freedom Trax para Gabi.

 

Desde que Gabi sufrió su accidente sólo le ha sido posible ver las playas desde el estacionamiento. Sólo puede ver cómo su familia disfruta el día en la playa. Cozumel cuenta con playas bellas, pero muy poco acceso para gente con problemas de movilidad. El primer día que trajimos el Freedom Trax a Cozumel para Gabi, fuimos a Chen Rio. Incluso en las áreas de arena profunda de Chen Río, a Gabi le era posible desplazarse en todo lugar de la playa.

 

Existen miles de personas con problemas de movilidad que visitan Cozumel cada año. A estas personas no les es posible disfrutar plenamente de las playas de Cozumel. Por ello, Gabi comenzó el negocio Freedom Trax Cozumel. Al abrir un negocio de renta, a Gabi también le es posible apoyar a su familia de una manera más eficaz.

 

Por favor ayuden corriendo la voz. Gabi y su esposa María entregarán la silla Freedom Trax en hoteles, clubes de playa, playas, etc. Con el paso del tiempo tendremos más Freedom Trax para renta y a Gabi le será posible realizar excursiones Freedom Trax. Entre Abril 5 y  el 12 tendremos 2 Freedom Trax adicionales en Cozumel.

 

Pónganse en contacto con nosotros a través de la página FacebookFreedom Trax Cozumel para concertar una excursión o renta con Gabi y Freedom Trax Cozumel. Gabi también es el distribuidor exclusivo de Freedom Trax en el área de Cozumel. Si deciden adquirir una Freedom Trax para su casa, Gabi puede ayudarles con ello. Deseamos hacer que con Freedom Trax  y Gabi Locos Freedom Trax Cozumel se tenga acceso en silla de ruedas a todo Cozumel .

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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