My son Brantley and I have had the honor of sharing our story for the Wheel to Walk Foundation at a few events, and we would do it over and over again for them! They deserve every penny that is donated to them.
(Our story- it’s the speech I have given, long read, but worth it!)
The Wheel To Walk Foundation is absolutely AMAZING!! My son was in desperate need of a feeding chair and I wasn't able to get one covered for him through any other resources. I sent in an application to Wheel To Walk and we were notified very quickly that they would be ordering his chair! This foundation is an absolute blessing!!!!!!
Hello, we can't thank you enough Wheel To Walk foundation for helping improve our Daughters fun & mobility. Our Daughter was born with cerebral palsey, epilepsy, cortical blindness, hydrocephalus, non verbal ,& developmentally delayed. She recently had bilateral achelies lengthening & bilateral triple arthrodesis surgery on her feet. Wheels to walk bought her a Trike to help with mobility & strengthening muscles along with cardio while having alot of fun. When She's on the trike she keeps leaning over & giving me kisses because She's so happy. Thanks again for helping us families that wouldn't otherwise be able to enjoy these activities.
We are so thankful to the Wheel to Walk Foundation. My amazing 4 year old has a number of different medical issues. She is autistic and at times can wander without understanding of danger. She has a mild form of cerebral palsy causing difficulties in walking at times and a neurological defect... we do our best to provide a good safe environment for her however we needed help in purchasing a stroller that would last her a long time and fit into our vehicle. That was when this amazing nonprofit helped us... we are so thankful that she can now enjoy the outdoors here in Oregon and be safe and have more mobility... we plan on taking her all over in her new stroller and we thank you Wheel to Walk Foundation... like any parent you just want what is best for your child and this organization helped our family with those needs.
My son has non-verbal autism. He doesn't understand safety issues when it comes to traffic etc. Wheels to walk has blessed us with a tricycle that gives me the option to have control of the bike when needed, but still allows for his independence. We are just so thrilled for him. The tricycle will last him for many, many years. As a single mom there was no way I could afford this tricycle. Wheels to walk is super easy to work with and so very kind!
The Wheel To Walk Foundation has been great to us from the start! My son has cerebral palsy along with epilepsy and developmental and intellectual disabilities. He is 4 years old and is non-ambulatory. Needless to say he had been outgrowing his infant stroller for a while. He does have a wheelchair that he uses at school and around the house but it is large, heavy and difficult to transport since we do not have an accessible family vehicle. I was working with our local regional center to try and get him a light-weight adaptive stroller that we could use out in the community when they asked us to find additional funding sources. I found Wheel to Walk during my internet research and contacted them. Their response time was super fast and they ended up funding almost the entire cost of a new stroller for my son! It has been such a God send having this new light-weight, foldable, transportable stroller for my son that actually fits him well and has plenty of room for growth! It has been so much easier to do basic things like go to the store or to the park with my son now that he has his new stroller. Thank you so very much Wheel to Walk Foundation!
My 4 year old grandson (ADHD, Sensory Deficiency, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder) was shown a Power Pumper during an Occupational Therapy appointment at Therapy for Kids in Portland. He got into that Power Pumper and with all his might, managed to work the car up and down the hallway at break-neck speed. He simply fell in love with the Power Pumper. However, I had to tell him the Power Pumper he had fallen in love with was likely not going to be in his future because “his grandpa did not have the money to get him one.”
I was given The Wheel to Walk Foundation contact information to apply for assistance. The paperwork was painless to complete. What a pleasant surprise when I was told that The Wheel to Walk Foundation approved my request for my grandson’s Power Pumper gift! After assembling the Power Pumper, he has taken over our parking lot! My grandson’s therapy now includes upper sensory conditioning and it is the Power Pumper that has prepared him for this strenuous therapy.
For families not having access to sensory development products, the Wheel to Walk Foundation has been a tremendous gift for my family. The Wheel to Walk Foundation will forever be in the hearts of my family. Thank you so much Wheels to Walk Foundation.
We are so grateful for the Wheel to Walk Foundation! Our son Joaquin has limited mobility due to gross motor delay. His therapist suggested a gait trainer but our insurance deductible was so high that we just couldn't afford it. The Wheel to Walk Foundation provided our son with a brand new Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer! Using this gait trainer, Joaquin is learning to walk and is exploring his environment in ways he couldn't before and it's all thanks to this amazing organization! The people I have communicated with at Wheel to Walk, have been extremely supportive and so happy to see Joaquin's progress, they truly care! We can't thank them enough!
Wheel to walk, is, well, the best! I am a physical therapist working in the schools in the Portland metro area, and I work primarily with student's who have high medical and orthopedic needs. Many of my students have the ability to move, walk and yes, ride, if they have equipment with the proper support. Wheel to walk has funded walkers, adapted trikes and other equipment that these students can use at home. The money goes where it should-to the kids. Their spin your wheels event in June is a wonderful family friendly event. Kudos to WTW!
I am a physical therapist who has recommended a lot of equipment for children over the years. The children I serve have benefited greatly from the wheel to walk foundation. Wheel to walk has a good system for applying for equipment that is simple enough to apply and get approval within a short period of time. Much of this equipment is no longer paid for by insurance, and these children would not be able to have this equipment at all if it were not for wheel to walk. Great organization!
Our four-year-old daughter has a severe congenital heart defect and can't walk far without becoming out of breath and having her oxygen saturation level drop dramatically. She was getting too heavy for us to carry and had outgrown her stroller. We wanted a medical jogger so that she could experience everything she could: brother's soccer games, the beach, Saturday market, etc. We unsuccessfully battled with our insurance company for over a year, trying to get them to provide one. Our case worker suggested we contact Wheel to Walk. They replied to our inquiry immediately, and quickly processed our application. We were notified ten days later that they would be providing the exact jogger we wanted, and it showed up on our door step a couple of weeks later. Lybbi loves her Special Tomato jogger, and we're so excited to be able to take her places this summer. We can't say enough about Wheel to Walk.
The Wheel to Walk Foundation is amazing!! They provided a power pumper for my son with a rare genetic disorder which allows him the opportunity to cruise and scoot and keep up with his friends and siblings!
I have a 12 year old son who has difficulty riding a traditional bike. The Rifton bike that Wheel to Walk Foundation purchase for him provides the stability and the confidence he needs to ride and get the exercise he needs. As soon as I had the bike put together he put his new helmet on and took off to ride the bike across the street in the parking lot of the charter school. He is extremely excited to have a bike to ride. Thank you Wheel to Walk Foundation!
Wheel to Walk was wonderful to work with. They were most flexible with what was probably an unusual situation: funding a one-of-a-kind vehicle to be designed and built for a sweet little boy by two high school students. The project was a great success, thanks to the support of Wheel to Walk!
We are very fortunate to have found the Wheel to Walk Foundation. Our insurance places limits on the number of speech therapy sessions per calendar year. Without the foundation's help, our child would not have been able to continue receiving speech therapy as it would have been too costly for us to pay out-of-pocket as our insurance benefits maxed out. Because of the grant, we have been able to see continued progress with our child's speech. We consider ourselves blessed to have such a wonderful foundation. Thanks Wheel to Walk Foundation for the medical grant! We certainly would recommend the organization to others.
My daughter is 7 and was born with Kabuki Syndrome. Wheel to Walk purchased a Power Pumper for her to ride (like a seated bicycle). Insurance doesn't cover stuff like this and we have so many medical expenses, it was great to find a non-profit that would cover this! Thank you so much Wheel To Walk!
My fifteen year old daughter has a Mitochondrial Disorder and struggles with balance and motor skills. When she was younger she was able to ride a bike with training wheels. As she grew older though the training wheels were not strong enough to support her, and the other kids made comments about the fact that she used them. So sadly the last few summers she hasn't been able to ride. But thanks to Wheel to Walk she now has an adult tricycle! And even though it's winter she has been out riding up and down the street on it. We look forward to riding as a family this summer and watching her ride with the neighbor kids. Thank you Wheel to Walk for making this possible!
My daughter just turned 18. She has Autism, MR, scoliosis, and is non-verbal. When she was younger she road a bike with training wheels with a lot of assistance. Our family enjoys riding bikes and would like for Lillie to join us. The Wheel to Walk Foundation has assisted us with getting Lillie a 3 wheeled adult bike. Lillie gets very excited to see it before and after she gets on it. When sitting on it, you can see how serious she is about learning to ride it. It is quite funny. This opportunity we have been given to teach her to ride this bike is a huge step for Lillie. We are so thankful for this opportunity for Lillie to be a part of the family in another way and to help her with some of her life challenges.
My 6 year old son with Autism and ADHD has been admiring the Power Pumper for some time now as we have come across it at many special needs resource fairs. I just couldn't afford to get him one with all the other expenses we have related to his therapies etc. That's where the Wheel to Walk Foundation came in. I was lucky enough to hear about them. It is nearly impossible to get sensory items coveted by insurance. The Wheel to Walk Foundation processed our request immediately once I submitted the required paperwork and a Power Pumper arrived for my son. He was overjoyed and wants to ride it all the time. It is the kindness and generosity of such organizations that really touches me as a parent of a child with special needs.
When my grandson, Little Roy, was six months old, he was brutally assaulted by a grown man and was not expected to live. Now, at four years old, our little miracle survivor is thriving and advancing way beyond expectations. He is even trying to walk! He can walk all the way across the living room on his own!
Since he is so big, it's tough to get him around now, and the little push car that we have been using to get him around is now too small for him.
The dilemma we have been facing is trying to decide if we need a wheelchair or not. With Little Roy's determination, and with upcoming extensive therapy, we are certain Little Roy will be soon walking on his own. We decided a stroller would work best at this point in time to help Roy get from one place to another if it is too far for him to walk.
Thanks to WHEEL TO WALK, we now have a beautiful new stroller to push Roy around in and we all LOVE it, especially Little Roy.
We can now take Roy on walks and hikes so he can enjoy the outdoors more, and being outside is one of his most favorite things!
Working with Wheels to Walk was extremely easy, as they are helpful and kind. They are compassionate to our story and helped us really quickly.
Thank you Wheels to Walk, we will think of you everyday as our boy enjoys his stroller!
You're the best! God bless you!
My son has cerebral palsy and cannot pedal a traditional bike or ride a balance bike. We would not have been able to afford a special needs bike without the Wheel To Walk Foundation. He loves being able to ride bikes with his twin sister now and she is even jealous of his new bike, saying it's better than her bike. We are so thankful they were able to provide this bike for him!
A big thank you to the Wheel To Walk Foundation! Our daughter was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a disorder causing very low muscle tone. Our therapist suggested a pumper car to help with arm and trunk strength. We would not have been able to purchase one on our own, but through the Wheel to Walk Foundation, we now have one in our home that she uses everyday to build strength and coordination.
Our daughter has cerebral palsy and cannot use a traditional bike. Bikes for special needs children are very expensive and we would not have been able to afford one for our daughter without the help of the Wheel to Walk Foundation. They paid for our daughter to get a bike through Rifton. The application process was easy and we were contacted by Wheel to Walk within a couple of weeks. The people we dealt with were friendly and helpful. We will definitely recommend them to others.
My son is 7yrs old with Spastic Quadraplegic Cerebral Palsy. We heard of the Wheels to walk foundation from our local PT and got the papers turned in. They worked well and super efficient! Alex got his bike within a couple weeks of being approved! The entire process I'd say took about a month! They were great with communication and easy to contact! I'm very pleased to work with them and my son loves his new bike! He can go riding with his little brother now!
Oh my gosh, where do I begin? My daughter Corrine was born with CP and has always been on the sidelines watching everyone else walk, run and ride bikes. Her physical therapist JoAnne started her riding the trike at school At the age of 16, JoAnne connected us with Wheel to Walk Foundation. The staff at Wheel to Walk was wonderful. The application process was the easiest we have seen when it comes to trying to obtain any equipment. We can't say enough good things. We received the trike mid June and she has been on it daily. She is getting stronger everyday and going further than we could have imagined. Corrine is now able to feel like she is part of world. We can't say Thank you enough for the Trike.
I have had the privilege of being involved with this amazing organization for the last two years as an Advisory Board Member. This charitable organization has been helping families for over 25 years, and it has been an honor to serve on this Board and support the work of Wheel to Walk. Its philanthropic goal centers on enhancing the quality of life of the disabled youth in our communities by providing medical equipment or services that would typically be denied by insurance companies. Wheel to Walk provides an avenue for disabled youth to improve their communication and motor skills through the provision of therapy trikes, gait trainers, communication devices, speech therapy services, and so much more. The tireless and selfless work of the Founding Board Members to help families is life-changing not just for the disabled member, but also for the entire family. It is truly an outstanding organization, making a difference in the community. I thank God for Wheel to Walk!
Wheel to Walk has always come through for the kiddos with special needs that I work with! They know on a personal level the financial challenges that many families face. They provide hope and inspire others that this world can indeed be a better place when we all work together for the sake of the kids! Thanks Wheel to Walk! Keep up the good work! So many of the kiddos I work with have the specialized equipment they need because of you! Thanks for making a difference in the lives of these little ones one step at a time!
Wheel to Walk Foundation is extraordinarily effective in providing devices and services to families. This foundation is laser focused on the needs of the children based on the personal experiences of the founder and officers. They efficiently and responsibly steward ever single donated dollar. It's a privilege to be affiliated with Wheel to Walk Foundation!
Our little girl was in dire need of a soft sitter for her daily comfort. She has limited control of her trunk and is not able to sit in a standard seat. Wheel to walk has blessed us with a special needs sitter and we are so grateful. It has made a huge difference in hers and our daily life. Thanks so much for all you do!
Our son has CP and has been wheelchair bound since he was 3. Last year he had a life changing surgery and is learning how to walk. As part of his rehab, they put him on a bike and he was able to ride for the first time in his 10 years! It was amazing but unfortunately we didn't have a bike at home. WTW most graciously provided him one and he LOVES it! Our family can go on rides together now and more importantly, he can ride and play and be 'one of the guys'! What a blessing and a gift that will last for a long time. Thanks WTW!!
Wheel to walk is a great foundation. I was searching for some funding for a special needs bike when I came across it. They have made my son extremely happy with his new bike! It's perfect and he can ride it and feel more like a typical kid!
We can't say enough THANK YOU's to this great foundation! Our 10 years old grandson was given an adaptive bike that gives him the opportunity to exercise and build leg muscles.
We are so grateful!
Wheel to Walk provided our daughter Rachel with a handicap appropriate bicycle so she could get some aerobic exercise & join the rest of the family on bike rides. Rachel has cerebral palsy and walks with a walker & leg braces. The only bike she could use was a Rifton special needs bike, but those cost around $2,000. There was just no way for our family of five to dedicate that kind of financial resource to a bike. Our physical therapist team told us about the Wheel to Walk foundation, but I didn't didn't think such a pricey item would ever be awarded. We were delighted when we heard we had been awarded, and just in time for Rachel to get her bike for Christmas, just like other kids who get bikes for Christmas.
It used to be hard for Rachel to get exercise with her disability, now she can ride her bike to maintain cardiovascular health and achieve a healthy weight. Wheel to Walk has made Rachel's dream come true. Way to go Wheel to Walk! A Million Thanks!
Such a wonderful foundation! They quickly responded to my request for an application and also were quick to respond when ever I had a question. I was able to complete the application in maybe an hour then obtained the needed letters ect required. The only negative thing I can think to say is that it took quite a bit longer for them to review our application than expected simply because they had so many applications. Because of this foundation, our disabled son has a trike that fits him and that he can independently ride around our driveway. He is getting exercise and has the opportunity to play with his typically developing family members in a way that was previously impossible. Such a specialized trike is surprisingly expensive and was not something that was within our means. Our insurance, like most, will not help with this type of purchase. Finding Wheels to Walk opened a door for our son that allows him to feel like every other kid out in the driveway riding his "bike" . His pride and joy shine as he rides. Thank you Wheels to Walk. 4 1/2 stars.
Hi, I came across Wheel to Walk Foundation after countless hours trying to find resources to help fund an adaptive bike for my son. We completed the application and received a prompt response and willingness to support our efforts. Because the bike was nearly $5,000, this was a team approach for fundraising and other grants. This foundation worked with our family during that process and allowed the funds to "be on hold" while we raised the entire amount for my son's dream bike. This organization helped make our family dream come true and we are now enjoying family outings and bike trips together when we never had that chance before. My son is exploring his new freedom and independence while riding his new bike. Thank you all- this is a wonderful foundation and has been a pleasure to work with. Thank you for changing our lives!
WTW is amazing! Jill was so kind to us and your generosity and warmth will never be forgotten. We hope to one day be in a position to pay it forward. Foundations like WTW actually remember that our families try our best, but sometimes need a little extra boost. Our son is the most amazing, wonderful, light of our life; and with the help of WTW, he will be able to continue to impress and amaze us! Thank you again!
With love from the Martin Family!!
Thank you for this opportunity to share our gratitude and joy in the gift of a tricycle to my Granddaughter, Na'sirah, made possible through the generosity of The Wheel to Walk Foundation.
Na'sirah is seventeen now and has hadPhysical, Occupational and Speech therapy since she was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy at age two.
Through the years, her physical therapists, her family, but most of all, Na'sirah has done so much in exercising her limbs, striving to increase her range of motion and strengthen her leg muscles through intense exercise and botox injections.
But lo and behold, along comes happiness one day in the form of a tricycle. She could achieve self-mobility through the motion of her own legs. She could join her cousins and no longer be 'on the outside, looking in'. If you could only see the sense of accomplishment, pride and happiness lighting up her face as she rides her tricycle, you would understand what an impact The Wheel to Walk Foundation has made in the life of this child. Their gift of a beautiful tricycle to Na'sirah has not only given her the physical benefits of balance and leg muscle exercise and strengthening, but has afforded her an activity that empowers her and one she absolutely enjoys!
May Almighty Allah reward you for this wonderful gift. Thank you!
I've worked with Wheel to Walk for the last year and was so pleased to attend their Spin Your Wheels event. The turnout and location were great. I really appreciated how personal the event was. There needs to be more events like this one that focus on connecting families with each other as well as with organizations that can help out. I'll be back next year.
My daughter is 16 years old an has Cerebral Palsy. She recently was given a beautiful Rifton Trike from
Wheels to Walk Foundation. Sarah cannot walk long distances or run for exercise. Her bike has been given her freedom to move without wearing out quickly. She can be out with family and friends enjoying the outdoors 'just like everybody else' because of this amazing gift. This will be a life long activity that she will always enjoy. Thank you Wheels to Walk!!!!!
I had the opportunity to volunteer at the "spin your wheels" event. I throughly enjoyed meeting all of the families who were supported by this foundation. They were so happy and thankful to have access to the equipment their children so desperately needed. The kids were so excited to show off their "wheels" and spin around Oaks Park. I look forward to volunteering with this foundation again! The work they do allows every child to be as independent as they can and supports these families where insurance companies don't.
Our special needs grandson Brandon (12 yrs old) loves to ride bikes with his grandpa, grandma and sister. We have a trail-behind bike for each grandchild, but Brandon was just getting too big and could not hold his balance, so grandpa was struggling to ride with him. So we reached out to Wheel to Walk Foundation to see if they could help.
Wheel to Walk Foundation was excellent to work with from beginning to end (special thanks to Sandy). I was just trying to get adaptive training wheels for Brandon's bike, but Sandy made a point to say that Brandon needs his own special needs tricycle. Sandy gave me a wonderful website to review and select a tricycle that best fit Brandon... and thanks to Sandy and Wheel to Walk Foundation, Brandon has a wonderful tricycle that he loves to ride and can now keep up with the family on our weekly rides along the Springwater Trail.
We think Wheel to Walk Foundation is absolutely wonderful and truly appreciate their assistance in getting this new tricycle for Brandon. It has provided Brandon with his own independence in riding with the family and will provide him joy for many years.
Thanks again... the Agnew extended family !!
My 8 month old son Brantley was born with Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and Chiari Malformation. He is a paraplegic, but has full use of his upper body. Since he was 5 weeks old, Brantley has had weekly intense physical therapy that has benefited him in many ways. While I was pregnant I came across the ZipZac chair through an online forum for people with Spina Bifida. It was something that was giving babies and children that are at the age to be able to walk/crawl but can't, the ability to move. Unfortunately, being a single mother with a very low income, the chances of being able to provide my precious boy with this chair seemed impossible. Not only was it expensive, but insurance does not cover items that aren't a necessity.
A couple of people mentioned Wheel to Walk and suggested I try applying for the ZipZac chair, so I did!
It was such an easy process and within a few weeks the ZipZac was on our doorstep.
I can't begin to describe how incredibly thankful I am to this foundation for giving Brantley such an amazing gift! Happy tears have been cried, and this is just the beginning of his Spina-beautiful adventure!
Thank you, THANK YOU!
I am the very proud mother of an amazing 7 year old daughter. My daughter has cerebral palsey and it sometimes limits her physical ability to do all the fun stuff that she sees all the other kids doing. She has recently received an adaptive bike from the wheel to walk foundation. Oh my you have never seen a child more excited . She is so proud of her new found independence, with the adult stabilizers on the bike she is able to ride it all by herself , she is getting the much needed exercise and having great fun at the same time. Wheel to walk foundation has given my family a far greater gift than just a bike. They have given my child the feeling of normalcy. When she gets on her bike and squeals with joy , look mommy I can ride a bike all by myself now . That is truly priceless. Thank you for your generosity.
My son is 7 years old and has spastic leg disease. This foundation has given my son a wonderful gift. Every week at physical therapy, my son would love to ride the bike around the hospital and down the hallways. He really wanted a bike of his own, but finding a bike with training wheels at his age was difficult and not very safe. This bike he received from Wheel to walk foundation is perfect for him. It has so many adjustments and safety features. My son will be able to use this bike up until his teens and/or young adulthood. We are so over joyed. All I can say is, "Thank You!" The world needs more of these wonderful foundations to support people in need.
Yureau, 11, now, with the outrigger wheels, has a chance to learn how to ride a bike. She has disabilities that keep her from balancing and coordinating in space. Now she can ride and have a more active lifestyle to stay healthy and happy. She is so pleased to be riding a "big" bike. This bike can improve her confidence and overall cognitive development.
Thank you so much for helping her attain these skills!
I am so thankful for Wheel to Walk and their generosity in helping us get an adaptive bicycle for our son. The application process was really easy and turnaround was very quick. For parents of special needs children, this is so helpful because our lives are spent filling out countless forms, medical procedures, and therapies that to have something go smoothly is like a dream! Plus he got the bike at the beginning of bike-riding season, so he'll be able to get a lot of use out of it this year.
My 8 year old Granddaughter was recently blessed with a brand new power wheelchair. We went through the process and jumped through the hoops to obtain our chair, doing what was asked along the way. When it finally came time for our representative to take all of her measurements and present the package for approval, she told me at that time - "they are not going to approve the lift portion of our order - I have never seen that approved" She suggested I contact Wheel to Walk to see if they would fund that small portion of our overall order. I looked them up online and saw a contact email address. I wanted to be certain that they would be willing to fund just a small portion of our order. Jill responded - yes, that was definitely something they would be willing to do. I had our application filled out and gathered what I needed to submit our application once the denial for the lift was actually reality. I had some questions for Jill because I wanted to be sure to submit what was needed in the correct manner the first time around. She even took the time to look at what I had to show them as the denial on the chair. She was kind and professional and told me to state that she said for me to submit what I had. I felt very encouraged by our contact. In what seemed like no time at all I was contacted and received the final word through our medical equipment specialist. We were finally ready to actually place our order!!! Thank you so much to the Wheel to Walk Foundation for providing an important addition to our power wheelchair package! It allows her access to the counters in the kitchen, the cupboards, the freezer compartment and anything else that would be beyond her ability to reach without this wonderful addition to her Chair! Katie O'Kelley & Chloe Aikman`
Wheel To Walk truly has been a blessing to our family, especially to our daughter who was born with a rare genetic disorder. Our daughter cannot yet walk unassisted and requires to be either carried or pushed in a stroller. The stroller we had for her was not meeting her needs. It was not supportive or comfortable for her. Our daughter loves the outdoors and we want her to be able to experience all that life has to offer. Wheel To Walk blessed us with a new jogging stroller for our daughter. It is comfortable/supportive and is a wonderful new addition to our family. Words cannot express how grateful we are as a family. Thank You Wheel To Walk for your kindness.
This organization goes to extreme measures to help children in need. The staff is the most helpful and caring people. They are very responsive on all matters, and strive to ensure complete satisfaction. I wish every organization was as pleasant to work with as The Wheel To Walk Foundation was. My family is very grateful this for all they have done.
Our two adopted daughters have Down Syndrome and though they are six and eight they do not yet walk.....to find a double stroller that was large enough for them was a challenge. Wheel to Walk to the rescue! Helpful, professional, empathetic, kind, prompt. Amazing organization. Thank you!!!
When I adopted my son I knew that he had many strikes against him including, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Conductive and Neurosensory Hearing losses, fine and gross motor issues, global delays and much more. He is now a very fun-loving, happy eight year old.
Samuel has always had balance problems that have made it impossible for him to balance and pedal a bike. He has a brother who rides his bike like the wind and Samuel always felt left-out. When it was recommended that I contact the Wheels to Walk Foundation in the Portland, Oregon area I immediately did so. Within approximately eight weeks Samuel had a new, adaptive bike that was outfitted with outriggers that enable him to ride just like his brother. He has a new helmet that fits him and just the other day we were able, for the first time in my boys' lives to go on a family bike ride. The boys wanted to keep going and we ended up riding 4.7 miles.
It is with joy that I thank everyone involved with Wheels to Walk for their part in giving my son a very special bike that allows him to feel like the rest of the kids. Without this special foundation Samuel would not have known that joy as there is no way that I could afford to purchase one for him as a single mother who has to stay home with my children due to their issues.
My son was a recipient of a Special Needs Car Seat. The ease of the application and the whole process was amazing. Due to the expense of this car seat, we reached out to this Nonprofit and asked for help with funding.
The whole experience was wonderful! This nonprofit was also very quick with the decision to help our son. Our son needed this Special needs car seat because he has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy. Our insurance would not cover this Special Needs Car Seat. We could not have provided this for our son if it had not been for the Wheel To Walk Foundation. It is foundations like this that mean the world to parents with Special Needs Children. Most medical equipment is either not covered by insurance, or if they do cover any of the equipment, it is very little! I would highly recommend this foundation! It means the world to us that you helped us provide our son with this Special Needs Car Seat that he so desperately needed to keep him safe while riding in our van. Thank you again so much!
I apllied for an adaptive stroller for my 5 year old son. The process was so easy, response was fast and stroller delivery was seamless. After a very stressfull 9 months of trying other avenues to get this stroller funded, I was blown away to finally hear a "yes". Thank you wheel to walk, you have given us a great tool to enjoy activities we were previously unable to do.
My daughter received financial support for a sports wheelchair through this foundation. The foundation was wonderful to work with throughout the application and receipt process. We are so appreciative of the grant because it allows her to continue participating in wheelchair tennis, an activity she loves.
We have a 5 year old medically fragile boy who is a quadriplegic. Because of his health status only one parent is able to work. Supporting a family of four with added medical expenses is very difficult. Often equipment that would benefit our son is NOT covered by insurance and is very expensive. Wheel to Walk Foundation funded a special seating device for our son that greatly improved his quality of life. He is now able to sit at floor level to play with his little brother. When Sandy called to inform us that Wheel To Walk was going to purchase the special seat I was in tears. We're so thankful for their support. Our son LOVES his special floor seat! THANK YOU!
Wheel To Walk is an amazing foundation that steps up to help cover gfts for special kids to increase their access to normalcy! My daughter was recently given a stroller through Wheel To Walk! This stroller has opened doors for her that we never imagined, including allowing her to participate in the Color Run! This amazing foundation has given countless kids the experience of normalcy in spite of their challenges!
I work with adults and children with developmental disabilities. David is a client of mine who did not like physical activity, though his doctor recommended exercise for health reasons. Due to the cost, his family had not been able to purchase an adaptive adult tricycle for him. We completed an application with Wheel to Walk, requesting funding for such a trike for David. Within a few weeks of finishing the process, Sandy from Wheel to Walk notified us that he had been approved for funding and referred us to a local bike shop. David went into the shop and the manager welcomed him and showed him the beautiful blue adaptive trike that he had in stock. David was very serious and looked skeptical, and when the owner adjusted the seat and had David ride around the store, he burst into a big smile. Wheel to Walk worked with that shop and David was able to pick up his bike within a week. David has begun riding his bike around his neighborhood and looks forward to going on outing with his family, as he now has his own way of being active and engaging in the community. He's still not sure about wearing a helmet, but he obliges so that he can go out and ride! :)
I am so appreciative of the ramp that the Wheel to Walk Foundation purchased for a child that I provide physical therapy services to who uses a wheelchair. She is now able to safely go in and out of her home. The process was easy and amazingly fast. The staff that I talked to on the phone and through email were responsive and very helpful. This organization is providing life changing services for our community.
Wheel To Walk Foundation has set the foundation for our daughter's future by providing a piece of adaptive equipment that is so costly and could not be funded by our insurance. It is called a Dynamic Stander.Through the donations and volunteers, this wish for our daughter Angelina was made and now she will be able to start bearing weight on her legs to help to prepare her to stand and possibly walk.
Angelina is a bright and beautiful eight year old who is very social, funny, and just wants to be like any other child. Please help or continue to help with donations or volunteering so that many other children like our daughter can be granted these much needed tools in life.
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and God bless you all!
Maria and Thomas Kish
I can not say enough about this organization. My grandson has a form of muscular dystrophy that leaves his legs weak after very little exercise. A normal trike is too difficult for him to peddle, and he is unable to balance on a bike. This trike has given him the mobility that he has desired for so long. He is now able to go on walks and bike rides with the family. Before the trike he would only be able to go a short distance, and we would have to carry him back. He collapses to his knees several times a day. With this trike he is able to ride for a long time, and we can pull him when he gets tired and weak. This has meant a great deal to my family. We would have never been able to afford this and his insurance would not have covered such a item. We are so grateful to the Wheel to Walk foundation for their generosity. We can not thank you enough. You have given him so many opportunities to be active. We are now able to go places we could only hope to see with him. This makes him so happy we have to fight him to get him off it. lol. I would defiantly recommend this organization to everyone I know. Thank you, Charlie and Family
The Wheel to Walk team helped my daughter see by helping fund her vision therapy sessions that were denied by insurances. Thanks to them my daughter can now read and climb stairs because her depth persecution was restored through therapy! They were curtious and very quick in helping us get our application approved! Thank God for their hard work and passion for helping kids and families in need!!
Wheel To Walk foundation has made it possible for our daughter to enjoy the social and physical interaction with other neighborhood children. Before Wheel to Walk came into our lives she was relegated to the sidelines and watching. Today, thanks to Wheel to Walk she is now able to play and ride with her friends. They truly made this family's dreams come true, without them this would never have been possible. We are so blessed and thankful we have found out about the Wheel to Walk Foundation.
Wheel to Walk, thank you so much!!! What you have done for my son is amazing! Jesse is a 7 yr old boy who has gone through so much already and it has been hard as a parent to watch. But now he has this new and awesome Adaptive bike and he is loving it and he wants to go out side everyday. This is going to help him gain muscle and confidence. He can finally keep up with the other kids and his brothers. You guys are great. This is going to help him in so many ways, what a great therapy tool. It makes me so happy to see my son finally being able to do something everyone else does. The smile on his face is priceless. He doesn't show much emotion about things but he is so excited about his bike and the freedom it gives him.
Thanks so much,
Tara and Jesse
Wheel to Walk provided my son with a specialized walker that insurance would not cover. Great experience, great staff, would recommend them to anyone. Timely responses, personalized caring staff.
Wheel to walk has graciously provided my daughter with an adaptive tricycle. She has autism and hip dysplasia with multiple surgeries on her hips. She has not been able to ride a bike and has watched her younger sister riding for a while now. Most of us know what a joy it is to get a bike at a young age. Well, this feels so much greater for her!!! She has such a sense of independence and is included in a fun family activity. She is working on gaining strength, balance and coordination without even knowing it (or going to therapy)! It is an overwhelming joy for us to have been given this opportunity. Thank you Wheel to Walk foundation, I hope you all know how much you have impacted our life!