SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On May 21, the lives of 37 families will change for the better, thanks to local builders volunteering their time to build ramps throughout King and Snohomish counties for Rampathon®. Families struggling with disabilities have difficulties getting in and out of their homes. The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and its members want to make the lives of these families a little easier.
Ramp recipients include 6-year-old Colby, the residents of a tiny house village serving homeless individuals and families, and a WWII veteran (details below). This is the largest Rampathon – 37 ramps – in the 23-year history of the event. Since 1993, more than 370 ramps have been built and $1.7 million of in-kind donations provided.
Colby was a typical nine-month-old when his mother received a phone call that changed all the family’s lives. Colby is a victim of abusive head trauma. He was assaulted by his babysitter, who couldn’t deal with his crying, and suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him in a permanent non-ambulatory state and confined to a wheelchair. His family now devotes themselves to educating caregivers and new parents on the effects of frustrated behaviors and the development of understanding that babies can cry for a variety of reasons, some of which we cannot fix.
|Colby is now six years old; Rampathon takes place a day after the sixth anniversary of his tragedy.|
|Builder:||Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau|
|Address:||420 Green Acres Place|
|Algona, WA 98001|
Nickelsville Tiny Home Village by Sawhorse Revolution
|Background:||Sawhorse Revolution worked with a coalition of organizations to create Seattle’s first tiny house village, designed to provide a safe space and transitional services to those experiencing homelessness. The ramp being built will provide access to the bathroom and shower facilities for individuals who struggle with homelessness and disability.|
|Builder:||Sawhorse Revolution works with high school students of diverse backgrounds from Seattle and surrounding areas. Under the tutelage of mentors, professional builders, architects and cross-disciplinary educators, students are offered a widely applicable skill set, opportunities for character development and confidence in their abilities to engage and improve their communities.|
|Address:||1419 22nd Ave.|
|Seattle, WA 98102|
WWII Veteran, Hideyoshi Horikawa
|Background:||95-year-old Hideyoshi has been in care facilities four times due to complications from falls. He has hemiparesis (weakness or inability to move) in his upper and lower extremities. His left calf muscle is weak due to a gunshot wound received while in Europe with the U.S. Army during WWII. He has reduced sensation in his feet due to frostbite also received during the war. He currently has to use Tri-Med services to enter and exit his home. His wife is his primary caregiver.|
|Builder:||Carlisle Classic Homes|
|Address:||5548 Beacon Ave South|
|Seattle, WA 98108|