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Jan 13 2020 Published by under Media

Meet Amaya!

 

 

Amaya is a 20-year-old young lady with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.  She loves Haitian food and enjoys spending time playing in the pool with her mom.  Amaya is nonverbal and is 100% dependent on family for all care.

Amaya has outgrown her wheelchair, and even with insurance, her family would still have to come up with $5000.00 out of pocket to afford one.  Family has requested help from us to obtain help in getting Amaya a new chair.  Please consider being her sponsor!

 

Jan 06 2020 Published by under Media

Meet Gabriel!

 

 

Gabriel is a 14-year-old young man diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressively worsening condition that usually causes death by age 30.  Gabriel doesn’t let his challenges get him down, though!  He is an avid fan of Dragonball Z, as well as all Marvel or Avengers movies.  Gabriel is also the ultimate Tampa Bay Bucs fan and really enjoys cheering them on when he catches their games on TV.   Gabriel also loves playing Fortnite, and his favorite food is steak.  According to Gabriel’s mom, he is a thoughtful and caring person who always looks out for others around him and never complains about anything. 

Gabriel requested a Rifton Tram, which will greatly help him with mobility and independence.  We appreciate Broadrick Foundation’s sponsorship of this deserving child.

Wheelchairs for kids

Aug 15 2013 Published by under Media

Wheelchairs for kids.

Sept 11, 2011

Sep 12 2011 Published by under Media

Well, this is Wheelchairs 4 Kids first blog. It is Sept. 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of one of the most tragic days in American history. Today has been such an emotional rollercoaster. Waking up and remembering that day ten years ago like it was yesterday; watching the memorials get underway on television and honoring those who sacrificed everything for complete strangers in a few moments of silence. It was heart-wrenching to watch those horrific scenes once again, yet so inspiring to see how the American spirit prevailed by people reaching out and helping one another in their greatest hour of need.

The best way that we could honor the memory of those brave heroes of 9/11 on this momentous anniversary was to reach out and help a young man who is prevailing over his own nemesis – cancer. Matt has a high grade glioma, a very aggressive brain tumor. Since November, when he was first diagnosed, Matt has endured radiation and chemotherapy. The tumor has affected his motor skills and stamina. Matt was using a borrowed wheelchair that was in disrepair and too small.

Julie Wientraub, owner of The Gold and Diamond Source as well as president of her own nonprofit, Hands Across the Bay had told us about Matt’s situation. We immediately got in touch with Matt’s mom, Rita. She provided us with Matt’s measurements and we ordered a custom sized chair for him which arrived on Thursday.

Matt and his mom were presented with tickets to the Disney on Ice show for today by one of his nurses at Tampa General Hospital. We knew that it would be very difficult for him to go to the show unless he had a new chair before arriving at the forum, so we called The Ronald McDonald House in Tampa and asked if we could use their facility to present the chair. Matt and his family had stayed there for two months when Matt was first diagnosed. Betsy Wilkinson from The Ronald McDonald House readily agreed. Winn Dixie of Tarpon Springs donated fresh baked cookies and drinks for the presentation.

So this morning, volunteers from Wheelchairs 4 Kids, Terry from The Ronald McDonald House and Julie from Hands Across the Bay came together to present Matt with his new chair. It was a great moment to see Matt sit in his new chair for the first time and say, “it’s comfortable” with a big smile on his face.

I think the most amazing thing for me was watching everyone working together for Matt. To be honest, it was overwhelming and at times I found myself getting a little emotional – in a good way – on September 11th. I was conflicted. My mind couldn’t get away from what today stands for. And wondering – is it alright to be happy?

We had the volunteers from Wheelchairs 4 Kids, Terry from The Ronald McDonald House, and Julie from Hands Across the Bay all there to cheer Matt on in his battle against cancer. We were smiling, laughing, and sharing stories over cookies all the while the names of those lost in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA were being read in remembrance by their loved ones.

But then it dawned on me that this really was the best way that we could pay tribute to them; three charities working together to make a difference. So many heroes died that day trying to help their fellow man. I think the best way to honor them or any loved ones is to perform a good deed in their name. We would like to dedicate today’s wheelchair presentation to Matt to all of the families who lost their heroes that day.

“Let’s roll” Todd Beamer – United 93 passenger

Gold and Diamond source, Wheelchairs 4 Kids, Matt's presentaton

Wheelchairs 4 Kids Programs

Apr 22 2011 Published by under Media

Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides an array of mobility devices to children. 

Wheelchairs – Our most popular request.  Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides new or nearly new wheelchairs for children who have outgrown their current equipment or need a chair with more features and support as their abilities deteriorate due to one of the myriad of progressive diseases that afflict our children.  

 Vehicle Modifications – Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides wheelchair ramps for vans and SUV’s that meet certain criteria.  Seats must be removable and the vehicle cannot have automatic sliding doors.  The parent or guardian must own the vehicle or provide a notarized letter from the owner permitting the modification.

Home Modifications – Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides some home modifications such as ramps, door widening, grab bars, etc.  Each home modification is evaluated on a case by case basis dependant on the structure of the home.  The parent or guardian must own the home or provide a notarized letter from the owner permitting the modification.

Assistive Devices– Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides a myriad of other assistive devices such as hoyer lifts, gait trainers, bathing solutions, etc.

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