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21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis serves as a regional center for specialty medical care for children. The new Robotic Rehabilitation Center at Riley provides innovative treatment for children with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders. This center is the first of its kind in Indiana and uses interactive robots and computer games to help re-program children’s brains and improve their motor functions. The generous donation of the first two pieces of equipment from the Robots to the Rescue organization, helped make this state-of-the-art center a reality for children with special needs in Indiana and the Midwest region.
Physical and occupational therapies have long been considered the mainstay treatments for cerebral palsy, but increasingly, therapists, patients and families are turning to robotic therapy for help. While robotic therapy is well documented in adults, the Robotic Rehabilitation Center at Riley Hospital hopes to lead the way in state-of-the-art care for children with special needs. The support provided by Robots to the Rescue has been a critical contributor to this goal.
D. Wade Clapp
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief
Riley Hospital for Children

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can't express how thankful I am to R2R! Not only has their hard work and dedication in bringing the Lokomats to Riley Hospital benefited my child tremendously but their continued support and concern for Kala and kids like her at Riley Hospital speaks volumes of the character of this organization and the people behind it. R2R is second to none and will always have my deepest gratitude and support.

Many thanks to Margaret Goldsmith, Pam Sokow, and Riley Hospital!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Thanks to Robots to the Rescue, we have successfully developed a Robotic Rehabilitation Center at Riley Hospital for Children. It was because of their generosity and initial donation that we have been able to grow our program and dream big. As a result, we have introduced many children with cerebral palsy to a completely new type of rehabilitation therapy. It has been a wonderful to see the children experience movement in new ways and progress with functional activities. We are very grateful to Robots to the Rescue.

Dave D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past two years, I have had the honor of volunteering for the Robots to the Rescue organisation. Being a media engineer, I am always interested in new ways to use technology. Incorporating robots to help re-train the brains of children with CP, is an inspiring concept. Each year, I experience more than one "teary eyed moment". Not only from knowing that the idea works, and is helping children, but also from seeing how many people do truly care. I look forward to working with them each year.

Zeza M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Robots to the Rescue has been so important to me and my family, I can not thank Pam enough for everything she's done to help us. I contacted her (R2R) because my 4 year old nephew from Brazil had suffered a stroke last year. He's been doing physical therapy since then, and his arm shows slow recovery (from being paralyzed). We read an article in a Brazilian magazine showing the great benefits of the robotic therapy, and I found Robot to the REscue and Pam, who was able to introduce me to a doctor who has a program in Brazil. My nephew will begin robotic therapy as part of the research.
I am so looking forward to seeing the benefits.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was privileged to work with Margaret Goldsmith and Pam Sakow who conducted the Robots to the Rescue benefit at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis last summer. Seeing the beautiful children in person who have benefited exponentially from this program was so touching that it stayed with me and is still embedded in my heart and mind. There is nothing more honorable than supporting this program and I trust that support continues to grow by leaps and bounds as people familiarize themselves with it's miraculous impact.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a donor after seeing a very compelling video about some of the children benefiting from the program at Riley Hospital for Children. This organization is giving freedom to people suffering with CP and brain injuries and they are changing lives in ways that could not be changed any other way. I am hoping to see more of them in New York City soon.

Ilene W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Robots to the Rescue by Margaret Goldsmith and was immediately excited about the opportunities robotics could create for children with cerebral palsy and similar disorders.

Hayden S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Organization because my mother volunteers with them and I think R2R is doing such a good job getting the word out about facilities across the country that offer the technology. I hope to hear that it will be coming to New York City before long to help children with CP and brain injuries in this area. I am a proud donor to this very important cause.

Brynsley S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having been involved with hospitalized children in Los Angeles for the past 7 years I am interested in new techniques to assist children who do not have use of their arms or legs. This charity opens the doors to a disorder that needs to be connected with the technological advances that our world has to offer. Their involvement is spearheading projects that can aide in the betterment of so many lives.