My daughter Marley was born at 24 weeks, weighing only a pound. She then had a level 3/4 brain bleed which made her chances if survival less then 50%. We were told if she did survive she would be unresponsive and in a wheelchair. But Marley is a fighter. It has been 11 years. She lost her vision completely during to retinal prematurity. She has CP on her right side making it difficult for her to walk long periods of time. I never thought Marley would be able to ride a bike. How could she? She is blind. I was told about Save the Kid from Marley's PT. The thought that Marley could independently ride a bike was such an amazing thought! We signed up and heard from Frank just days later. Soon we found out we were approved. Marley couldnt wait to have her own bike! Frank was absolutely wonderful. Marley actually had her own bike! She had the ability to be independent , pedeling and steering on her own. But ofcourse guided by mommy using a steer and brake from the back of the bike. She loves riding it! It couldnt be a better activity to help strengthen her right side! We are so grateful for Frank and this organization. Thank you for making the impossible, possible.!
Jennifer Daisy Major
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Our oldest son, PJ, was diagnosed with Autism at 2.5 years old. A few years later, he was also diagnosed with ADHD & anxiety. Many activities children his age would enjoy were difficult for Pj. STK gifted a bike to him this year and it has changed his life! Pj can enjoy bike rides with his best friend and siblings. It has given him a huge confidence boost as Pj had watched his younger brothers tackle riding a bike with ease, when he struggled to make a full rotation.
With his adaptive bike, Pj has found a new sense of freedom and has improved his strength and coordination. We cannot thank Save The Kid for everything they have done for our PJ and our family!! í ľí·©í ˝í˛™
Many thanks to Trudy and Ray Lasky for the new bike for my son Peter who is autistic. It brought great joy to his face to receive the new bike. It comes at just the right time because his old bike was on its last legs.
I can not thank Ray and Trudy enough it is something I will never forget.
My 11 year old daughter has neurofibromatosis. This results in intellectual disability and physical delays. Her little brother Patrick has a connective tissue disorder that causes hypermobility
and joint pain. Save the kid has been an incredible organization for both our children. I can only describe pure joy as the emotion I have seen in both my children when they rode their bikes for the first time. If someone is looking to support an organization that is well run, does the most good and effects children (and their parents) profoundly, Save The Kid is that organization.
Our 8 year old daughter Arianna has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Neurofibromatosis. Both disorders have resulted in struggles for her since infancy. Riding a bike was something we thought was out of her reach- as we had tried everything to help her learn. I learned of Save The Kid Fund and though at the time I thought it was a long shot, I reached out. Immediately Frank and the team assured me that this little girl with struggles would soon be riding her very own Adaptive Trike. She's had "Thunder" for about a year now and I will never, for as long as I live forget the look of PURE JOY on her face when she finally went whizzing down the road - finally able to keep up with her brother. She is so proud of her bike and there is NO WAY that we would have been able to provide her this opportunity with the help of Save The Kid Fund. We are eternally grateful.
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My son, Icek, is 6 years old. He has an infuse brain injury. And I just wanted to say how grateful we are for Frank and the Team for helping us with a chair that allowed Icek to touch the grass and play with his cars on the floor. With this chair, he can sit down in his kiddie pool with his friends and play. Just looking at his face says it all! Without the help of â€śSave The Kidâ€ť charity, he would never be able to do this and spend time with his friends, especially at summer! Thank you so much in the name of Icek and his family!
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We received our awesome Firefly cart recently through this amazing nonprofit organization with the help of our Over the top Awesome Therapy staff at The Childrens Rehabilitation Center in Ft Myers !! Our little guy is not able to walk or fully crawl yet and this lovely device helps him to independently explore on his own !! He absolutely loves it and we love the wonder and happiness it has given him !! What a blessing our Therapy team and your nonprofit organization is !! Thank you all so very much !!
To say we are grateful is an understatement! We were thrilled excited and overwhelmed all at the same time to receive this wonderful bike! Thank you for all that you do for these kids! Logan absolutely loves his new wheels
I am the wife of the president of STK - he is constantly doing something to help that organization. He claims that he only does what is necessary but there must be a lot that is necessary. Anyhow this is a great organization and everyone associated with it should be thanked. They go far beyond what is neessary to see that each child is helped
My 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with a myopathy when she was 20 months old. It has been on going dr appointments ,testing and therapies to try to figure out what type. We have not had much luck. We will be going to the national institute of health in Maryland this June for more testing. I am looking forward to hopefully getting more answers.
Jaymie has made huge improvements with physical therapy and daily work. Jaymies occupational therpist had physical therpist often use the bike during sessions to help strengthen jaymies arms and legs. I had asked the therpist how much the bikes cost and where I could buy one. She then told me about the save a kid fund and sent out a referral for us. They quickly reached out to us to let us know they were giving jaymie a bike of her own at no charge. I was in shock because I had started doing some online research to see where I can buy a bike and they cost of them was a alot. This program is amazing and I am blown away buy the things they do to help kids and families with disabilities. Jaymie likes to use her bike but struggles to pedal as she does not have the strength yet. The hand pedals are great and I made a self goal for her to hopefully be able to pedal a bit on her own by summer!!! Frank and his partner are so kind and very thorough explaining the bike and how it works. I am so glad I had the chance to meet both of them. I am forever grateful for this program.
Thank you from Jaymie and Nicole
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I am so grateful for SKF. I am a single mother and routines are crucial for my son. The summer can be a challenging time and with SKF I am able to send my son to camp worry free. I am so thankful for everyone in this organization. Thank you is not enough!
We are beyond grateful to have found Save the Kid Fund! We have a four year old son who was diagnosed with autism and ADHD. After picking up on the signs of developmental delays very early on, we began Birth to Three services with him as young as six months old. For the past four years, we have paid for private services including speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, horseback riding and countless doctor appointments. As you can imagine, we have spent a tremendous amount of money in medical bills. After applying for a grant for physical therapy & horseback riding, we were ecstatic when we received the news that STK was going to provide us with a 10 week therapeutic riding session and several sessions of physical therapy. The benefits we have seen alone with horseback riding for our son has been amazing! Aside from his strong connection with the horses, it provides him with confidence, sensory benefits, muscle strength, posture & flexibility and overall happiness! His smile says it all! Thank you Frank and STK for your generosity! We can't thank you enough!!
My daughter Julianna was given her first bike by Save-the-kid-fund back in June of 2015, and she was just over 3 years old. Never being able to go to a department store and just buy a bike, it was so amazing to see her smile!! Saftey and comfort on a bike with the ability to use it... priceless!!!
Frank Matovack contacted me once again in the fall of 2018, reaching out to me with the certainty that Julianna had outgrown her previous bike, and that he would love to have another made for her..
I was speechless, assuming that most of these organizations gifts are a one time thing.. ?
I explained to Frank that Julianna recently had growing rods surgically placed, and her needs for a bike had changed. He couldnâ€™t have been more understanding and eager to accommodate to her new situation.
Needless to say... Jules received her 2nd bike today!!!!!!!!
Save-the-kid-fund does such amazing things for children with special needs of all kinds, and brings happiness to EVERYONE involved.
I not only witnessed my 6 year old daughter ride a bike for the first time in over a year, but I saw a room full of adults come together to change a life!
Thank you so much to all that made this possible
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My two and a half year old son was born with the limb difference. We were connected to Save The Kid Fund through his OT. Frank Matovic personally connected with us multiple times over email and phone and then hand delivered my son's customized bike on a blistery cold today right before Christmas. We truly appreciated everything organizations like Save The Kid Fund do to help children with special needs all over CT. We are extremely grateful.
My son Colton received his bike from this outstanding organization yesterday. He has Down Syndrome and autism, and a variety of other medical issues. He spent years learning how to independently work the pedals of a bike
He did this by using an adaptive bike at school. Once i learned he was doing it and loved riding around the school, I knew I needed to find a way for him to get his own vehicle. A friend of mine has a daughter who received a bike from Save the Kid...so she gave me Franks contact information.
I was responded back to very quickly, and Frank walked me through all of the information needed...and within a few weeks....the bike was here.
This is an amazing opportunity for many individuals who otherwise would not be able to have access to these bikes...
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Due to a tremendous financial loss and loss of home, we had contacted Save the Kids for assistance with obtaining furniture for our children. Save the Kids have gone above and beyond in assisting. Without this program, we would have never been able to complete this difficult task of re finishing our home for our children prior to our deadline. We cannot express our thanks enough to everyone involved. Without this program, we would not have been able to obtain these necessity for our children. This program is key for many families like ours who are in dire need. Thank you all for your endless efforts!
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A BIG thank you to STK team for Zara's bike. She loves riding it. It was a memorable day for me to see her ride by herself. She was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome on 2/10/16. I still remember that day and how it broke my heart. Having something great happen on 2/10/18 gives me hope that she will overcome other challenges. I am forever grateful to all of you for making my daughter so happy.
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Yesterday, Georgia received her very own adaptive bike thanks to STK. Mr. Frank brought it over after school and her face was just beaming. She hopped right on and we strapped her in. For the first time, she was able to successfully ride around the driveway on a bike with no help. Yo could tell she was just so proud. Needless to say, we have spent all weekend riding around the neighborhood. My daughter is so full of joy and pride. I couldnâ€™t be more thankful for this amazing organization!!!!
My son Ryan received a bike this year. This was a great opportunity for him to learn how to ride a bike and be part of a wonderful cause. Thank you .
We canâ€™t thank Frank from Save The Kid Fund enough! Our daughter Amber suffered a stroke in March of 2018 from an previously-unknown GBM tumor that had been growing. After recovering in the hospital for 50 days, she got to go home but still had to recover from the stroke that had severely impaired her left side. She started going to outpatient physical therapy and our physical therapist got us in contact with Frank from Save The Kid Fund. While Amber waited for her new bike (which was on back-order), Frank came by with a temporary bike for her to ride for the summertime, which was so thoughtful! Well, last week, Amber just received her new bike and she absolutely loves it! Amber has gotten so much stronger and will keep getting stronger, in part from riding her bike. What an absolutely AMAZING organization! We honestly cannot thank you enough!!!
Incredibly dynamic and generous team. I am so happy to have met and to have the honor to work in collaboration with Save the Kid Fund team!
As a Pediatric Physical Therapist and now as a board member, I am absolutely amazed by the kindness, generosity and dynamism of this organization who changed the life of many of my patients in Florida. I see new smiles everyday and motor progress with several children that were lucky enough to benefit from the generosity of the wonderful team that constitute Save the Kid Fund Inc.
Save the Kid Fund is an amazing organization. They provided my son with an adaptive tryke I would have never been able to afford on my own. Thank You!!
Thank you Save The Kid Fund! We received a bike a few years ago and just received our second bike last week. This program is amazing and allows people with disabilities to keep up with friends and siblings! Ordering the bike is so easy and the bikes are delivered promptly and adjusted to fit the rider.
My daughter has rare disorders which affect her balance and ability to move her body. Since she had outgrown her tricycle and could not use a traditional bike, I was completely lost as to how to find a bike for her that would give her the freedom to ride with her brothers and me on her own bike. A friend suggested that I contact Frank at Save the Kid Fund, Inc. to ask him for guidance. Not only did he recommend the perfect trike for her, he brought the trike to us. He spent a lot of time making sure it was the perfect fit. I could not be more grateful for the generosity can care of Save the Kid Fund Inc and those, like Frank, who bring immense joy to children of all types who can now experience the independence and freedom of having their own bikes. My daughter is overjoyed to have her own ride, too (and I'm grateful that there are some parental controls on the back of the trike to ensure that she doesn't speed down the steep hill in front of our house).
I am the mom to a wonderful son on the Autism Spectrum. I never in a million years imagined being able to teach my son how to ride a bike. Savethekidfundinc made that possible with the donation of a modified bike that will help my boy. I am here to tell you thank you for this generosity. you have made my family's heart full. God bless
My son Nicolas is 14 years old. He has cerebral palsy and he suffers a rare blood disorder. He needs to receive treatments in the hospital weekly. With your help of paying my son's medical bill and co-payments, we found financial relief. Also we appreciate your double help by fixing the air-conditioner from my son's accessible van, making easier and more comfortable his transportation to the hospital in these hot days.
THANK YOU to Frank and the board members of Save the Kid Fund for your kindness and generosity during this difficult time in my family life.
You are all angels!!
Our son Nicholas has very limited mobility on his right side makingbit very difficult for him to do simple things like buckle his car seat belt, swing a bat, and ride a bike. He has been going to weekly OT at CCMC in addition to many other services he receives. His therapist at CCMC told me about Save the Kid so I called right away. I spoke with Frank Matovic, and like so many other reviews say on here, he was the kindest person. He asked about Nicholas and after a few minutes into our conversation he said that he could get Nicholas a custom bicycle. A few weeks later Frank and a few other gentlemen from Save the Kid brought Nicholas his bike and a helmet. Nicholas immediately asked to ride his bike and our three other children were so excited to push their brother around the driveway. We canâ€™t thank everyone at Save the Kid enough for this bike and the joy it has brought to our little boy. Without them we would never have been able to get this for him. It is a true blessing and now Nicholas can ride his bike with his siblings. Thank you!!!
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Save the kid Fund is wonderful, they make so many kids smile. My son loves his bike, its the only bike he has been able to ride safely. He is so happy riding and when he is happy the whole family is happy. Thanks again to Save the Kid Fund and Frank Matovic, one of the nicest guys ive ever met who truly cares for these kids.
Thanks to Frank Matovic and Jim Castle my son Raymond who has autism and is nonverbal received his amtryke bike today and he was so happy to ride it. When we got home he didn't want to get off of it. They are two of the nicest people we will ever meet. They got so much joy watching the kids get there bikes. Thanks again for making this such a special day.
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As the wife of the Board President I can tell you that I have witnessed first hand many good deeds done by this group. Sometimes I am pushed to my limit patients-wise but I always remember that the child being helped needs some assistance and if I were that child's mom I would be happy my baby was getting some help. This is truly an amazing group of selfless people helping children in need.
Our son Devon was born with cerebellum atrophy. He can not stand or walk by himself, but we found that with a special trike he can ride. Last year Devon had out grow his first trike, so we went to Bike On in Warwick RI. They have many specialty bikes and trikes. They put us in contact with Frank Matovic from Save The Kids Fund. He explained how the program worked and their desire to help kids in need. He said they could help us. This was just before Christmas, and for Christmas Devon had a new trike. Frank made sure it was just what we needed with all the right accessories. Frank and a couple of his associates delivered it and made sure everything was adjusted and fit as needed.
We are Very Thankful for their Donation!!!
Devon Loves his trike. Not only does it give him the exercise he needs but it gives him a sense of pride and freedom that he can do something on his own. We ride trails all over CT&RI. Every weekend is a different trail and he loves it.
Our Thanks to Frank and The Save The Kid Fund
Craig, Carol and Devon Kelley
My son, Joshua, is 6 and has Down Syndrome, Autism, Apraxia and A/v canal defect. He has 2 siblings who he always used to watch ride their bikes but didnâ€™t have the motor strength to ride one himself.
The bike from Save the Kid has given him the ability to ride with his siblings and the joy on his face while heâ€™s riding is priceless! Not to mention the great exercise and core strengthening workout heâ€™s receiving at the same time.
I continue to be amazed by Save the Kid Foundation.
Our children received bikes from the foundation last year. I gave a review at the time and tried to put into words how much Nate & Annie love the bikes and attempted to express our appreciation for what STK did for our children.
Now there are no words to describe what the foundation has done but Iâ€™ll try.
My friends baby Brody Osga is very sick, his condition is terminal and the family was going to lose their nursing care because their home was not ADA compliant. They need to turn the garage into a fully accessible bedroom and bath with a medical lift and nurses station to keep Brody home until the end.
Save the Kid is living up to the foundation name and then some. I have never seen more drive and compassion to provide what a child needs. When they stepped in to support Brody they rallied a local community and turned neighbors into friends.
Here is a photo of Frank Matovic doing demo on the garage getting ready for the carpenters to start construction the next day
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My daughter Morgan received her new bike today and frank and chuck and friend were extremely helpful with making it very easy for us. Thank you very much for the bike and stroller. Melissa Santangelo
This is a great program. They sent my grandson to camp this year in the town of Groton. When they were paying for my grandson, the administrator told them of 2 other kids that they had to refuse entrance due to the fact that the parents did not have enough money. Save the Kid Fund came up with the money for those kids to also attend camp. We went to an event at Old Mystic Village last year, where Save the Kid Fund had made custom bikes for kids with several different handicaps. The simile of joy on the faces of those kids when they received their bicycles was very moving. I will never forget it.