Thursday, November 5, 2009

AMBUCS comes to the rescue again!!

Hey case you miss (or missed) my IYC report Thursday at 10, here's the 411...we were contacted about a 35 year-old incomplete quadriplegic who needs a ramp built at her mobile home. She's low income and can't seem to find anyone willing to construct her one. While several organizations and agencies assist in building ramps...she doesn't qualify for their services, because she either makes too much money or she's not old enough (55 or older).

Well, when we caught wind of her situation we knew exactly who to call for help...AMBUCS! National AMBUCS™, Inc. is a non-profit service organization consisting of a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. Members fulfill the organization’s mission by:
-Performing various forms of community service
-Donating AmTryke® therapeutic tricycles to individuals who are unable to ride traditional
-Awarding scholarships to therapists
-And building ramps!
We first heard about AMBUCS earlier this year driving around Enid, while we were trying to help the widow of a Vietnam Veteran get a ramp. We randomly noticed a billboard on the side of the road with the AMBUCS logo on it. Their Enid chapter built our disabled woman from Enid four ramps at her home free of charge. It was a fantastic success story. In this case, we enlisted the help of the Oklahoma City AMBUCS chapter. AMBUCS has agreed to donate the labor and supplies free of charge...but to help with their cost, we're checking with several local supply shops about donating the supplies. Either way, the folks with the OKC chapter plan to get started on the in about a week and a half. I'll keep you posted!

National Chapter
Edmond Chapter
Sooner Chapter (Norman)
Lawton Chapter

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