When Carrie Bergeron was born, parents Tim and Peggy were excited to welcome a new child into their family. While the excitement of their newborn was in the front of their minds and hearts, a small amount of fear was also there. You see, Carrie was born with Down syndrome.
In 1976, when Carrie was born, medical help and information was limited for children with Down syndrome. Tim was an industrial designer in upstate New York. He was in the midst of developing a company that designed products for children with special needs when Carrie was born. After seeing the equipment Carrie needed, but could not get, the final stages of his vision became a reality.
Soon, Tumble Forms® was born and booming! Tim's take on products for the special needs market was different. A softer material was used and the products were more durable and aesthetically pleasing to parents. Vibrant colors were used that parents and therapists alike enjoyed. Thanks to Carrie not only was this new type of product created, the Carrie® Seat was developed just for her!
As Tumble Forms continued, Tim realized that the outer shell could be more comfortable. In 1988, Tim stepped away from Tumble Forms. He wanted to branch out and find a different type of material that offered more comfort while being used in therapy or for long periods of time.
Through trial and error, Tim created a new Soft-Touch® material and Special Tomato was born! This latex-free, peel and tear resistant material offered a built in Anti-microbial protection and much more comfort than the Tumble Forms.