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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

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 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.

3 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!

6

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.

3 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!

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.

2

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