‘Pathway 4 Paden’

Nonprofit, local builders construct wheelchair accessible ramp for Rockland five-year-old

Posted:  Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:00pm

ROCKLAND  The Florida-based nonprofit Wheelchairs 4 Kids teamed up with McMahon Builders, LLC and the Maine Contractors & Builders Alliance in Rockland to provide a five-year-old boy with physical disabilities a new wheelchair accessible ramp for his home. On Saturday, April 19, the groups collaborated to construct the "Pathway 4 Paden" in Rockland.

Paden is a sweet five-year-old boy with VATER Syndrome and Vanishing White Matter disease who lives in a home where his family was unable to safely transport him in and out of their home. Paden's abilities to walk and to communicate are slowly deteriorating. He lives at home with his family and despite his multiple challenges he maintains a positive spirit and touches those around him with his infectious laugh. Through the generosity of McMahon Builders, the Maine Contractors & Builders Alliance, and local suppliers, the goal to help Paden and his family get a wheelchair ramp came true on April 19.

Many children in the United States faced with living with physical disabilities are in wheelchairs that are too small, in disrepair, or do not fit the needs of the child. Children outgrow their wheelchairs before government or insurance programs will allow for a replacement. Not only is it unsafe for a child to be in a chair that is inadequate for their needs, but it can impact their health in numerous ways including scoliosis, respiratory problems and pressure sores. In addition, families are faced with trying to care for their special needs children in homes that have not been modified to meet their specific circumstances. Wheelchairs 4 Kids is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities by providing safe wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications, as well as other assistive devices. For more information on Wheelchairs 4 Kids, visit wheelchairs4kids.org.