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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

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Good Evening,
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!

1 DifferentSpokes

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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 !!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Nicole Brown

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Johara Buntin

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Camilla R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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`