Rich O (5/26/53-4/1/15)
Rich's mother, Barbara, contacted us in July 2014 asking for assistance for her son. Rich was in need of an electric wheelchair since walking was becoming very difficult. He also needed a wheelchair ramp in order to get in an out of his home. Rich was able to obtain a power wheelchair through a donation from a local fire & rescue department but the batteries were dead. We were able to purchase and install the batteries for Rich. We also installed a 16 foot ramp at his home in Lake Hopatcong, NJ so that he could get in and out of his home on his own. He was now able to go out to his mailbox or to the car on his own. One thing Rich loved to do was sit on his deck and enjoy the outdoors but he couldn't get his wheelchair in and out of his back door due to a step up/down so we built him a temporary ramp that allowed him to get his wheelchair outside. Rich was thankful for the independence these ramps
Harry started showing symptoms in late 2010 but went undiagnosed until March 2013. Harry's mother, Karen, contacted us in the summer of 2013 asking for assistance with a wheelchair ramp for her only child. Harry moved back in with his mother in Salisbury, MD, so that she could help take care of him. He was a very independent man and with the installation of a wheelchair ramp we were able to give him back some of his independence.
Rich R (9/15/51-12/21/13)
Rich was diagnosed with ALS in December 2012 but started showing symptoms in March 2011. Rich's wife, Deb, contacted us in May 2013 and by June 1, 2013 we installed a 20 foot ramp off of the front door of his home in Pompton Lakes, NJ. We also were able to donate a power wheelchair to Rich that was donated to us. The wheelchair and ramp allowed Rich the independence to get around and out of his home without the help of his wife or other family members.
All ramps are installed by Ed Peters of Peters Construction with the help of volunteers.
Jean (73 years old)
On June 9, 2014, we installed a ramp at Jean's home in Wayne after her husband contacted us for assistance. Jean's two sons and their families moved back home after she was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 to help their father take care of her. With the installation of the wheelchair ramp, Jean is now able to get in and out of her home on her own.
Nate was diagnosed with ALS on June 23, 2011 after suffering excruciating back pain. Prior to his diagnosis, Nate was a renowned jazz musician who played with everyone from Albert King to Chaka Khan and he taught at a music program in Newark, NJ for free. Nate believed in giving back and had received free lessons from some legendary musicians such as James Moody and Sonny Stit. Nate saw many children in the community no longer carried instruments and had a dream to give that back. Music took Nate all over the world and he wanted to pass that gift on to future generations. Unfortunately, with his illness, 2011 was the last year that Nate was able to teach the music class.
Nate's wife, Renetta, reached out to us and asked for our help with a wheelchair ramp at their home. Renetta was having a hard time getting Nate in and out of their home for doctor appointments. On September 22, 2012, the board of directors and family members of Ellie spent 8 hours building a 57 foot ramp for Nate at his home in Ridgedale, NJ. That afternoon was the first time Nate saw his back yard in 6 months.