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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

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1

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.

1 Anastasia B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheels to Walk purchased a Power Pumper therapy device for my 8 year old son. He has autism and had become obese due low muscle tone and other issues that are related to his disability. After receiving his exercise tool through a grant from the foundation he lost 4 pounds right away. Since then he has grown a few inches taller without gaining any weight. I applied for grants at multiple organizations to purchase this equipment for my son. Wheels to Walk is the only agency that responded to my request for help. My son does not take part in the usual social activities that children his age typically take part in, and he is unable to ride a bike. I was becoming increasingly concerned about his constant weight gain and lack of physical activity. I am extremely grateful to Wheels to Walk for the help they gave my son. In my opinion having an exercise tool that fits his level of ability enables my son to participate in exercise that is similar to the activities of his peers, and being able to build core strength and get a cardiovascular workout means that my son can lead a healthy, happy life, similar to that of other children in his age group. Thank you Wheels to Walk.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

We have a son with Cerebral Palsy. When he started high school we were very concerned about his ability to get to his classes on time given the size of the school and the sheer distances between his classes. Wheels to Walk paid for an electric scooter help him. Having the scooter enabled him to get to all his classes on time without being worn out by having to run with his walker. The application process was very easy and we were able to get the scooter a lot faster than most of the equipment we have gotten over the years. Thank You

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheel to walk is a fantastic organization that helps to fill in the gaps that families find in filling the equipment needs for their children. Medical and adaptive equipment is extremely expensive and often under-covered or not covered by insurance companies.

In our particular situation, we have medical insurance but it is an individual policy that we have to pay for ourselves. It is extremely expensive, has very high deductibles, and the premiums have increased over 600% in the last 11 years. Moreover, there are many needs that are specifically excluded in the policy. Our daughter uses a manual wheelchair for her daily needs, but was struggling to keep up with friends and family over longer distances like going to the mall or to a museum. We wanted to get her a scooter to help, especially with middle school coming up. Unfortunately, our insurance specifically excluded any motorized mobility equipment. In 2012, we applied to Wheel to Walk for help and they covered the entire cost of the scooter. We would not have been able to buy this equipment for her ourselves.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheel to Walk Foundation is one of the few sources of funding for medical equipment that is still available to families like ours. We needed help in purchasing an electric lift for our disabled daughter. Even used, the purchase price was almost $1,000. We had some money available for the purchase, but we didn't have that much. Yet, we desperately needed the equipment. With the help of Wheel To Walk Foundation, we were able to make the purchase and now have a piece of equipment that will serve us for many years to come.

I would highly recommend Wheel To Walk Foundation to anyone who is looking to make a charitable contribution and wants to make sure that their dollars are really helping families in need. They provide such a valuable service because the kind of equipment they help fund is very expensive and beyond the reach of most of us -- even working families! Disabilities strike all kinds of families, and some of us don't qualify for any government assistance. Wheel to Walk is a lifesaver for the "working poor."

When you make a donation to this great organization you can be sure that your dollars are going to make a meaningful difference in the life of a child or family. We need organizations like this, and every contribution helps.