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Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: The Save the Kid Fund is dedicated to bettering the lives of children. To do this STK will be the enabler for children: to receive goods or services from organizations or individuals that will improve their quality of life.

Programs: Assist children by contributing to organizations or individuals who improve the quality of life or the growth potential of children.

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Shirley C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thank the Save the Kid Fund, Inc enough for granting Jared this AMAZING bike!!!! We are BEYOND thankful & over the moon excited for it!!! For the first time EVER we can ride bikes as a FAMILY!!! #TeamJaredTakesTheWheel #BlindKidDriving #LOVEIT!!!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has been working hard with donated funds to make the lives of kids to enjoy the use of bicycles to help with rebuilding their bodies.

1 Emily Calise D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mya is 15 years old and has Down syndrome. She is very small for her age, and she has low tone and poor balance. We have never been successful in finding a bike for her that she is comfortable on. She absolutely loves her new Rifton bike from Save The Kid! The bike fits her perfectly. She feels safe and secure on it, so she loves riding it. We have a beautiful park down the road and are able to ride down there and go all around the park. When she gets tired, we use the handle to give her a little help. But most of the time she wants to do it all by herself! We love the bike and love that Mya has a form of exercise that is so enjoyable. And we are so grateful to the Save The Kid foundation.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization, our son loves his trike!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you! Thank you! The Save the Kid Fund donated an adaptive bicycle to my son and it was delivered today! We spent all afternoon riding around the neighborhood. He is utterly delighted and so proud of himself to be able to ride "his" bike! Danny was born with Down Syndrome and later diagnosed with Autism and PANDAS. He is unable to balance on a regular bicycle and needs a special seat with side supports and a seat belt which is prohibitively expensive. We are very grateful to Tina who made this donation possible, and Trudy and Ray who delivered the bike and made all the adjustments to fit. He is so happy!!!

1 Amy A.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tina was extremely helpful and very quick in turning around the request for an adapted bike for my son. The bike is the single most coveted item he has and he rides it immediately after school each and every day! He loves his new bike and has even learned to sweep the driveway while riding it. We cannot thank Save the Kid Fund for providing him with a bike he can independently ride and that fits his 6' 2 " size. Thank you so much!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We want to say THANKS!!! To Save the Kid Fund. They made possible that my son Nico can have a new bike. My son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and a chronic blood disorder and now he is so HAPPY when he is riding his bike. He enjoys cycling around the neighborhood instead of sitting around the house.
Thank you so much for this opportunity for my son and my family.
What a GREAT organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank is honored and humbled to partner with Save the Kid Fund through our relationship with Grampy's Charities. Since 2017 we've been blessed to be part of many of their bikes presentations and its been one of the most rewarding experiences many of us at the bank have been a part of. We are SO proud to be affiliated with this amazing organization!
Amy McQuagge, VP & Director of Marketing

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family had the support of an incredible service dog and loyal companion for 13 years. When Murray retired at age 11 we knew we could never replace him but our children (and their parents) still needed the support only a service dog could provide.

We decided we would bring a carefully chosen puppy into our lives to raise with the children the way we had with Murray. Then we would have the dog trained by professionals for obedience and service tasks. We found our puppy, Samson, in December of 2019 - what could possibly go wrong...

Well a global pandemic wreaked havoc with our original plans and the cost of training had increased - we were unsure if we could afford basic obedience courses let alone specialized training for public access and service tasks. We NEEDED Samson to be more than a companion animal and Save the Kid Fund came to the rescue.

Save the Kid Fund helped pay for the basic obedience course with a local highly skilled trainer and after completing that program Samson went on to a specialized program at Empire State K9 in Brookfield CT to refine his skills and qualify for service work.

Save the Kid fund didn’t just provide financial support when it was needed most. In Samson’s training they gave us peace of mind and a means to support our children for years to come and they gave Nathan and Anna a loving & loyal companion even when he’s not wearing his working vest.



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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent foundation and so easy to work with. They assembled and delivered this bike to the child's home!! Thank you for this bike for this deserving child and family!

Sincerely,
Donna Brink, OTD OTR/L

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being introduced to Save The Kid has been a blessing to my family. My son Jonathan was provided the opportunity this past Christmas to have his first bike. He has wanted this for a long time and was so excited when his bike was delivered on Christmas day. We are truly appreciative to Trudy Lasky and this organization for making this dream a reality for Jonathan.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to take the time to thank the nonprofit organization that helped me and my kids during this pandemic I had nothing to give my kids for Christmas but by the grace of God they came through and helped me abundantly and my children was so grateful and so happy and I felt so blessed and I wanted to thank you Miss Sonia Harris for helping me and my family during this time made the Lord bless you and thisfrom on behalf of me and my children you would like to thank the nonprofit organization that helped us MND may God continue to bless you to help others like you help me I appreciate you and also miss Sonia thank you so much. From shaquana Wilson and the wright boys we love you

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Save the kid has been a blessing to our daughter. Born at 2 1/2 pounds was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She loves to be active and on the move. This bike gives her no limit. It’s amazing. The balance is everything. Trudy has a heart of gold to do that she does for these kids. We couldn’t thank her enough.

1 Keniesha M. B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a son with special needs and just received the bike for him. He has loved every minute of riding his bike. After five long years of him not being able to be active he is very much so active now. I want to say thank you so much for helping my son be able to be out like a normal child. And also thank you for allowing his sister to be able to join him riding her bike also.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Save the kid Fund Inc thanks a lot for this amazing bike for my son. It is a beautiful experience driving a bike safe and comfortable. Also thanks Frank and crew to making dreams came true to these kids. God bless you always

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Save The Kids Fund Inc has changed our lives! My son was 9 years old and couldn’t ride a bike. Frank and crew changed that and had Callan zooming down the road enjoying a bike with his brother in a few days with the amazing bike. Can’t thank you guys enough for all you do!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Greyson is a happy 3 year old full of personality and was diagnosed with CP at 9 months old. I remember when he was about 2, saying to my husband let’s donate are eldest’s toddler bike because Greyson will never be able to ride a bike. This nonprofit provided us with a dream we didn’t think was possible for our son. This adaptive bike allows him to pedal with his arms and allows his legs to move in the same motion. I have never seen Greyson soo happy when he received his bike. I can’t thank you all enough for the Joy you have brought to Greyson and our family. We are soo thankful for the work you do.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son loves the Trike, thank you so much, I appreciate from the bottom of my heart for what you are doing for special need kids.

1 Jen Daisy M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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1 Becky R.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 rowsbud72

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 “Save The Kid” 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!

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 !!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 couldn’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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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...

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Andrea M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is so happy with her tryke. It has made her more stronger and coordinated.

1 Julie L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 couldn’t be more thankful for this amazing organization!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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 .

Client Served

Rating: 5

We can’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!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 ljcassenti

Client Served

Rating: 5

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).

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2 Andrea D.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 can’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!!!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3 Craig K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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


Client Served

Rating: 5

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 didn’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 he’s riding is priceless! Not to mention the great exercise and core strengthening workout he’s receiving at the same time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 I’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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a son with multiple disabilities. He is just at the age where he is starting to out grow small child bikes that provide the support he needs. Save the Kid was able to purchase and customize a bike for my son, that suits his needs perfectly. It is something that will provide him with the opportunity to ride with his sister and enjoy every second of it. We couldn't be more thankful. This organization is amazing!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a special education teacher in Naples, Florida. I worked directly with Jack Johannemann, a Save the Kid board member, and he was absolutely wonderful! He visited our classroom, talked about the work his organization does, and discussed a potential candidate for an adaptive bike. After receiving approval from the board, he purchased and presented the bike to an amazing student in my class. The family is beyond grateful for the work that this generous organization performs. Thank you to Jack and the rest of the board members!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a physical therapist who works with children with disabilities. These children often cannot ride a typical bicycle. The adapted bikes that they need are costly and typically not covered by insurance. I have approached Save the Kid Fund, Inc about obtaining a bike for several of the children that I see, and they have never turned a child and family down. The organization has been a pleasure to work with both personally as a therapist and from all the feedback I get from the families. The process for referring a child and family and obtaining their bike has always been an easy one. The organization is doing great work to help kids be more active participants with their families and friends.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Recently on 3/3/2017 Emma Rose and Benjamin were given incredible new bikes form Save The Kid Foundation. Jack Johannemann was there in Fort Myers, Florida along with Jim Castle of Grampy's Charities to meet Emma and Ben. Both Emma and Ben have special needs. Emma was born in the state of Oregon, USA. She was born with out legs and abandoned by her parents. Ed and Anne Ravish adopted Emma when she was four days old. She is now seventeen. Ben, is from India and was rescued and adopted by Ed and Anne. Ben had a bout with polio and is paralyzed from the knees down. The anticipation to receive these gorgeous bikes was rather overwhelming. Emma and Ben have been rejuvenated and are very, very thankful for such thoughtfulness and generosity. It is an incredible gift to both of them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to Frank and the board at Save the Kid for the amazing job you do each and every day. The kindness and amount of care shown from the initial conversation with Frank, to the exchange of information needed to get the process started; along with the in home modifications during final delivery was a testament to how much this organization goes above and beyond to help special needs kids achieve independence. Providing a much needed service to a great community ... job well done!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Frank from Save the Kid Fund called saying we had been approved for an adaptive bike for our two year old. We were blown away at how quick they moved to get us a bike. Frank worked with us to find a mutually beneficial time to come to the house to bring the bike and fit it according to our son's height. The process was smooth, quick and highly professional. Save the Kid really cares

2 Sue_151

Client Served

Rating: 5

2 weeks ago our son Nathan was having an occupational therapy session when his OT suggested he try to ride a bike. At 16 years old Nate has NEVER been able to ride a bike - even during therapy sessions. She assured us this bike would be different. How right she was!

When Nate saw the bike something clicked, he couldn't wait to get on. He felt secure with the extra stabilizing around his torso. The handlebars were easy to grip and his feet couldn't slide off the pedals... within minutes he was making his way down the hospital corridor! When we peddled by the office door a woman asked if he would like one of his own.. she gave us a printed page for Save-the-Kid and told us to call.

When you are the parent of a child with special needs you get used to red tape, insurance denials and long waiting lists. I was expecting to submit our name, provide documentation dating back 3 generations and produce DNA samples for everyone in the household... instead I spoke with a real live person, a very friendly man named Frank Matovic who assured me there was no need to sign over our firstborn so that Nathan could have a bike of his own. Instead, he asked about Nathan's specific needs and explained how to measure him to make sure the bike he received was exactly what he needed! At this point in the conversation he also asked about our daughter Anna who also has special needs.. HE TOOK HER MEASUREMENTS AND PROMISED ANNA A BIKE TOO!!!

Well tonight, just about 2 weeks later - BOTH children have beautiful new bikes and even the helmets to go with them!

These bikes are going to make 2 children happy for many years. When they had to come in the house this evening the bikes came in too.. they even wore their helmets in the living room while they sat on them watching a movie. I'm surprised we were able to get them off to go to bed!

We cannot thank Save the Kid enough for the kindness they showed to Nathan & Anna. Thank you for providing bikes that will support their therapy goals, that will encourage them to learn new skills and will help them fit in and interact with their peers.

Thank you for helping our kids simply be KIDS!

2 Liz_92

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to Frank and all the incredible folks at Save The Kind Fund Inc. My daughter Jaden was extremely lucky enough to receive an Amtryke and absolutely loves it. She is very proud of her new bike and finds it so much easier to ride versus her old bIke with training wheels. It's incredible the difference. Thank you, Thank you!

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2 Trudy L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been a few years now that I have known and worked with Frank Matovic and the board members of Save The Kid. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing group. My now 14 year old son with CP loves the bike he received from STK. He rides it all the time, competes in Special Olympics in the summer and rides in our driveway in the winter! Unable to ride a traditional bike, he has mastered the use of the AmTryke bike. It warms my heart to see how much joy it brings him, to be able to move and be independent. I have also experienced the joy of Team members who have received bikes from Save The Kid and Students from our special needs schools. These men and women are kind, compassionate and generous. Above all they understand what a difference a bike can make to a child or adult with disability's. They think of every little detail when they deliver their bikes and the children's lives are changed forever! Great group doing great things!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a Special Olympics athlete that competes in cycling. When he outgrew his trike this past year I was at a loss as to how I was going to afford a new bike and how long it would take for me to acquire the funds for a new one. At the same time, I was in the process of organizing a bike day event for the Special Needs Students at our school and surrounding communities. A friend steered me toward the president of STK and before long my biggest worries were over. I have been blessed by knowing the members of STK. This group does amazing things for kids in need. In our case it was a new adapted AmTryke bike for my son and one by one, all the children on the wish list that attended our bike day event last summer. Most of these children have never had the joy of riding a bike and now they are not only having fun but are getting much needed therapy as well. I can't say enough good things or thank them enough for all they have done for us. Truly, amazing people doing great things for kids in need!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We really love the bike's you've been able to provide to our daughter. She recently received her 2nd bike and he face just lit up when she saw it. She was so happy to ride it around and show all of her friends in the neighborhood. The bikes have made it so she's able to ride along with her sisters and friends. Great job! Great organization!.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity has helped my family by providing assistance to help us get back and forth to the hospital to take care of our terminally ill child. Everyone is extremely helpful and pleasant. I felt humbled and secure after calling them. I am very grateful to this company for the support it has shown my child and the peace of mind it has given me knowing that I never have to worry about running out of gas traveling to the hospital. I love this charity and I think they do an amazing job.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their bike give away program is exceptional. It makes a lot of kids and family very happy.