About Ken

Fishing, hunting and outdoor life are second nature to Ken Dvorchak, who grew up under the motto of a sound mind in a sound body. But in 1983, while hunting on the family farm near Uniontown in southwestern Pennsylvania, he was paralyzed from the neck down in a fall. While the accident abruptly halted the pursuit of a college degree, the crushing injury to his spinal cord failed to diminish his creative thinking. In fact, months of intensive care and exhaustive rehab made him more determined to get back to the outdoors. To that end, he invented a fishing rod and reel – cobbled together from spare parts in the family garage – that allowed him to cast a line and catch fish without using his hands. At the 8th annual International Invention and New Product Expo (INPEX), at which over 1000 exhibits from 25 countries were displayed, his invention was awarded the “Gold Medal” by an international panel of judges for best invention in the category of sports/recreation/fitness.  He was also presented with  the prestigious “Show Manager’s Outstanding Achievement Award” for all the benefits the caster provides, which inspired him to mass produce Ken’s Power Caster so that others who suffered debilitating injuries, including wounded warriors, could fish again too. The youngest of nine children, Ken was a champion body builder at the time of his accident.

Mr. Teen Uniontown

In 1983, just three months before his accident, Ken won his 1st body building championship and was crowned "Mr. Teenage Uniontown"