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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

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

1 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!

1 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!

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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.

1

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!

1

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!

1

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.

1

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.

4 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!

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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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2 Claudia35

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Danielle99

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Liz_83

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!