After our recent post to assuage fears about catheterization
, you may have some more questions or some curiosity about our founder and CEO, Todd Brown, and a little more about 180 Medical's unique perspective in the catheter supply industry.
Let's start at the beginning with Todd's inspiring story. Todd grew up active in sports, including basketball and track. He loved riding his motorcycle and got involved in motocross, which is a physically-demanding, fast-paced form of motorcycle racing on mostly off-road, closed courses. After graduating college, he was still actively involved in motocross. In 1994, at the age of 25, a tragic accident during a motocross jump left Todd with a T-7,8 spinal cord injury.
Adjusting to Life in a Wheelchair
Even though this was most definitely a life-changing event for him, he was determined to never give up. After two months of rehabilitation, he went back to work. Wanting to keep an active lifestyle, he even participated in his first wheelchair marathon just six months after his accident.
Out of the many difficulties that faced Todd in his new life as a paraplegic was dealing with frequent urinary tract infections, which occurred consistently as he cleaned and reused his catheters. On top of that, he dealt with frustration with getting the right medical supplies he now needed from companies who were totally unfamiliar with the right choices of product for those with spinal cord injuries. Where were the companies who had people who actually used catheters and those related medical supplies? Where were the suppliers who cared about their customers' needs?
Todd's Life Begins to Turn Around
One day, while attending a wheelchair race, a fellow athlete introduced Todd to the idea of sterile use (that is, using a catheter one time and then disposing of it, versus reusing after cleaning it) and gave him a closed system catheter
to try out. Right away, Todd's health improved. The recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
that had previously continually dragged down his immune system lessened. He felt like his quality of life had done a 180 degree turn.
The Company Begins
Shortly after this, Todd and his wife started a medical supply company out of their garage. He had high goals for this company and hoped to help other people who had similar medical needs. He knew he wanted to have a well-trained, compassionate staff and a good selection of the best quality supplies available.
Today, 180 Medical is one of the fastest-growing, nationally-accredited providers of sterile use catheters, related urologic supplies, and ostomy supplies. We have a continually growing staff of caring specialists, including some who are disabled and self-catheterize on a daily basis, so they have first-hand knowledge and experience to share.
Of course, no one can tell his story as well as Todd himself. Take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video of interviews with Todd and his family.
About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical
for almost 5
years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such
a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with
friends and family.