Amramp Philadelphia teams with United Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida Association to benefit 4-year-old
Four-year-old Nate can now get from his home into his Glenside, PA, yard, just like kids without Spina Bifida, thanks to grants from United Cerebral Palsy and the Spina Bifida Association.
“Nate has already been using the ramp to ride his motorized scooterboard up to our front porch and down to our front yard,” shared Nate’s mother, Jamie, “Now he just can’t wait to get his power wheelchair, and be able to get in and out of our house with it!”
Nate’s parents, Jamie and Stephen worked with both UCP and SBADV to secure grants to fund the ramp and installation. The family then contacted Nick Marcellino at Amramp Philadelphia in June to ask if Amramp is willing to work with third-party organizations.
“We performed the evaluation and proposal; when the funds came through a month later, we got to work,” explained Amramp Philadelphia owner-operator Marcellino.
Spina Bifida is a condition that occurs when the spine of a baby fails to close, creating an opening, or lesion, on the spinal column. This opening can lead to nerve damage in the spinal column, which then results in varying degrees of paralysis.
Amramp’s patent-pending steel modular wheelchair ramp connects the family’s porch to the front yard, comprising two 4-foot-by-4-foot platforms and 25-feet of ramp. Amramp experts arrived at 9 a.m. and installation was complete in about a half-day, by 1 p.m.
“Thank you so much to the two gentlemen who installed the ramp (and the other gentlemen who were there for the evaluation previously), who were so friendly professional, efficient, and were so good with interacting with our son,” said Jamie.
“Thank you to United Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida Association of Delaware Valley for their generous financial assistance to help make this possible. Thank you also to Nick and Joyce at Amramp, for all your work to coordinate the ramp evaluation, purchase, and installation. We appreciate all of you and the work you have done to help make this happen,” Jamie said. “We can’t thank you enough for everything!”
Every ramp or accessibility product that we install is very meaningful to the Amramp team in all 45 locations across North America, because we know that our efforts are improving individual’s lives and their loved ones, too.
“We just changed a little boy’s life and his parents for the better,” said Marcellino, “Very humbling.”
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