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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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`
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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! :)
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.
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
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
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!!