How We Help Children
Feature: Recent Grant Recipient
Youth Challenge, Westlake
I am Vanzilla,
conqueror of obstacles, master of
transportation, and now one in the fleet of 9
lift-equipped vans in the
Youth Challenge Transportation Program!
Youth Challenge is where children with physical
disabilities enjoy sports and recreation.
The children we serve load me full of their
specialized equipment, such as hand-cycles,
boccia ramps, and sports wheelchairs, and soon
we are on our way to experience their grand and
Sometimes I feel the stamp of mud from their
nature walks and horseback rides, a spritz of
water from their water adventures, or a bit of
snow from a ski trip as I transport my precious
cargo where they need to go next.
Most of all, I love to hear the children laugh
with their friends as they face new challenges,
learn new skills, and succeed socially and in
adapted sports. When I take them home from
their activities, I can sense their joy from the
energy they bring. They are able to
experience the world in all possible ways.
Teen volunteers help them participate in sports
and recreational activities so our children can
experience life to the fullest.
I’m amazed by how much my kids appreciate me, so
much so that they designed the sign for me to
wear. They laid down the sign and the kids
put paint on the wheels of their wheelchairs and
rolled across it. I am proud to wear the mark of
their wheels; it has become my cape. It makes me
feel like a super hero, for without me they
would not be able to travel or live as every
a better job for a van like me, transporting
children with physical disabilities is my
calling. I’m incredibly grateful for all the
people involved in placing me with the fleet at
Youth Challenge. My purchase was made
possible with grant funds from Ronald McDonald
House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, Inc.
Article crafted by Margaret Currie, RMHC-NEO
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