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Wheel To Walk Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Care

Mission: The Wheel to Walk Foundation is an organization that provides children with disabilities, age 20 years younger, medical equipment or services not covered by insurance. We purchase therapy tricycles, wheelchairs, adaptive strollers, shower chairs, special beds, selective communication devices, speech therapy, pediatric intensive therapy, and patient lifts. Our organization strongly believes that no child with special needs should go without items that could improve the quality of his or her daily life.

Community Stories

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Nicole B.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Jennifer Dunn L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2 jesmandujano

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

2 Patty56

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

5 Elizabeth233

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!