Category Archives: Children | Young Adults

MobilityWorks Foundation Announces Partnership with Special Kids Fund

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The MobilityWorks Foundation is teaming up with the Special Kids Fund to provide mobility independence to children in need.

The MobilityWorks Foundation is proud to announce that we have partnered with Special Kids Fund, a unique children’s charity alliance caring for developmentally disabled children and at-risk youth. We are excited to help as the nonprofit brings mobility to children of families in need in their nationwide wheelchair van donation program.

The Special Kids’ van assistance program began in 2006 and since then, the organization has received thousands of requests for accessible vehicles. The nonprofit has celebrity endorsements from Jason Alexander, better known as George from Seinfeld, and co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Jerry Greenfield. Read more

August is National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

August is recognized as National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month throughout the country.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of death in babies under the age of two.  It affects families of all ethnicities, often with no prior history of the disease.

Newborns with SMA appear healthy, but over time a lack of muscular development becomes evident.  While intellectual development remains normal, muscle weakness often leads to respiratory failure and general debilitation. There are three types of SMA, each with varying degrees of severity and limited treatment options. Read more

Tattoo Artist Helps a Young Girl Add Art to Her Leg Braces

Tattoo Artist Helps a Young Girl Add Art to Her Leg Braces

Aaron Guillemette has owned the Up in Flames Tattoo Shop in Twin Falls, Massachusetts for 16 years. Recently though, a young lady helped give him a brand new appreciation for his art and talent when he was asked by 8-year-old Hope Laliberte to “tattoo” her leg braces!

Hope was born prematurely and has dealt with the medical challenges of cerebral palsy, blindness and a rare form of epilepsy since her birth at 24 weeks. Read more