Eight years ago a determined first grader opened up “Zack’s Shack”, a lemonade and cookie stand, with the hopes of raising around $85 to donate one wheelchair. He’s far exceeded that initial goal, managing to raise over $75,000 to purchase more than 500 wheelchairs! As Zack prepares to enter high school, he is handing over the reins to his younger sister Helen. She will carry on the family business in the form of “Helen’s Hut”.
MobilityWorks was proud to be a part of the recent work done by the The Jett Foundation to help out a Tampa military family in need.
Austin Wilcher, a 12-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, needs to use a power wheelchair or scooter for his mobility. In order to get Austin around from place to place, his father John, an active duty member of the military and single father, needed to buy a van that he could ride the scooter up and inside the vehicle with the use of a wheelchair ramp. Fortunately, MobilityWorks of Tampa had the right van that met all of their travel needs. Forrest Bateman, the MobilityWorks Certified Mobility Consultant, then worked with Joe and Austin to make sure all of the equipment would be a perfect fit to keep Austin mobile and safe.
The NYC Department of Education recently announced that they will be surveying every high school to determine which buildings need accessibility improvements. One of the biggest issues parents and students have is that “accessible” should mean more than just having someone in a wheelchair be able to enter the building. There are several things that are commonly overlooked, like whether or not are there quality accessible restrooms, water fountains and classrooms. Many of their public schools are over a hundred years old and do not have elevators or a lift system on their stairs.
The Tuttle family live just south of Atlanta in Newman, GA where they are raising two wonderful children. Zachary (10) and Samantha (8) are both in wheelchairs and have several medical conditions. Zachary was born with the rare condition Eagle-Barrett syndrome, also known as Prune Belly, and both children have Neurological Development Delays. This makes daily life extremely challenging for the Tuttles, but it does not stop them from enjoying every minute possible!
Earlier this month the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation held their 4th annual “This is How We Roll Fashion Show”. The event was held just outside of Milwaukee, WI where almost 40 models, ranging in age from 5 to 70, showed off some of the latest trends in fashion. Current Miss Wisconsin winner Courtney Pelot and local celebrity Luke Bebeau hosted the show that was attended by almost 300 people. This was their largest amount raised to date with over $35,000 being donated to help fund research as well as support the local community.