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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

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Jamie77

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2 Teryl F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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! :)

1 Gwen G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

1 Alessandra G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Tara8694

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Rachel111

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience! I'm a single mother of a little boy with cerebral palsy. I have been paying for all of his medical expenses out of pocket, and there was no way I could afford the therapy bike that Wheel To Walk purchased for him. I had tried 3 other tricycles for my son and he was incapable of riding any of them. It was hard seeing other kids whiz by him, while he was unable to make the pedals move. The therapy bike that we were able to have customized just for him is the only bike he has ever been able to ride, and he loves it!!! It is such a gift to be able to watch him full of glee as he rides his very own bike now. His new-found confidence beams from his face. Thank you, Wheel To Walk, for this priceless gift! This foundation was a Godsend for my son. How grateful we are and will continue to be.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Wheel To Walk Foundation is an amazing non-profit organization!! Both times we contacted the Wheel to Walk Foundation with a request they were able to come through for our son who has quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy. One year they gave us financial support for his much needed physical therapy which is not covered by insurance. A second time they provided us with a Freedom push-chair for easier transport and movement. Now that our son is getting larger (4 years old), the regular strollers do not work. I have taken him for a few runs in it and he loves the feeling of movement. He feels like he has freedom now. It gives us something to have together.

Thanks Wheel To Walk Foundation for giving our son the feeling of movement.