Disability doesn't stop Hanover hunter

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

Hanover resident Thomas Mundis is a lifelong outdoorsman. An avid archer and hunter, Mundis' life changed drastically in July 2013 when a motorcycle crash left him paralyzed from the chest down.

Not to be deterred, Mundis had his brother-in-law push him out to his hunting spot that fall, and he was able to harvest a deer during rifle season. 

The following season would be different for Mundis.

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"I realized after looking on the internet that there were a lot of options out there. I saw the Action TrackChair and got that in 2014, and ever since then I've been hunting and doing everything myself," he said. 

The TrackChair is a motorized wheelchair that uses tracks, much like a tank, instead of wheels, making it an all-terrain vehicle.

The wheelchair is equipped with lights and a rack to hold his bow or gun, and Mundis tows it on a trailer to where he is hunting. If he's lucky enough to harvest a deer, the motorized chair "drags them out like a champ." 

Mundis says his track wheelchair has made him self-sufficient. That self-sufficiency has led him to start a nonprofit organization to help other disabled people gain the freedom he has. His fledgling organization is called Mission Freedom, and he recently received 501(c)(3) certification from the IRS for the nonprofit.

The goal of Mission Freedom, which he is still in the process of setting up, is to help provide things for people with disabilities that standard insurance won't cover, such as an Action TrackChair. 

"It's completely life changing, the things we can help people with. We are giving people freedom, I'm really excited about where it's going to go," Mundis said. "It's the reason I'm still alive, I completely believe that."