Chair The Hope Local Projects:
What Are They And How Can I Help?
Chair The Hope Local Projects are special endeavors within our home communities. They are true opportunities to spread hope and to make the world around us a better place for those in our community who depend on a wheelchair for mobility. We share their stories and journeys with you to spread the light that they shine.
To contribute to or share these messages of hope and inclusion, please get involved via the links on this page. Our local businesses have also come together to help raise funds and also match contributions donated!
Featured Project: Tyler’s Mobility Movement
A Chair The Hope Local Project
Tyler Boyle is a very special 21-year-old giving back to others who can’t walk. He was born with a very rare blood disorder, has had hundreds of blood transfusions, and the medication that saved his life gave him cerebral palsy. Despite navigating life in a wheelchair, he wants to keep progressing and give back. Tyler teamed up with the nonprofit Chair The Hope to raise $10,000 to give other individuals the opportunity to gain greater mobility, independence and HOPE.
Tyler’s goal is to push a 1 ½ mile uphill loop in his neighborhood 250 times and finishes Saturday. That equates to 375 miles! Chair The Hope’s cofounder Nathan Ogden, who is a quadriplegic, will be donating his handcycle bike to Tyler as a reward for accomplishing his goal. Chair The Hope is a nonprofit founded in Idaho that takes wheelchairs around the world to impoverished countries, and most recently has started “Mobility Makeovers” within the US. Making homes more accessible for people with ambulatory challenges by building ramps, decks, cement walkways, and more, to those with DIFFERENT ABILITIES.
Featured Project: The Marshall Mobility Makeover
A Chair The Hope Local Project
Tommy is an amazing four-year-old little boy that was born with Spina Bifida. He was born at 30 weeks gestation, has endured 8 surgeries, four life-flights, and one life-threatening brain injury. He is a beautiful life miracle and Chair The Hope wants to help him to be able to experience life at home at a more fulfilling level.
Tommy cannot walk, crawl, climb, and talk like regular kids his age. He enjoys the mobility provided by his wheelchair and parental pushing power. He craves affection, outdoor time with his family, and new experiences.
Tommy’s family has done everything they can to make the space accessible and enjoyable for him. Handiness and cleverness are two tools constantly embraced in his service. While he certainly does his best to be involved with family activities, some places around his home could use a transformation for better access and experiencing life fuller.
Here are a few ideas:
- Front porch ramp
- Back yard/side yard concrete path
- Back porch deck/ramp
- Shade Provisions
We are excited about this project and want to collaborate with a few partners and make these dreams become reality. Please contact me if you have any additional questions. We are hoping to start this project in July and are already doing the leg-work to get the ball rolling.
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More Local Community Giveback Projects
Calvin Transtrum received a wike, which is also known as bike trailer or jogger to allow him to go on walks, bike rides, and other daily adventures with his family.
Rachel Williams received a new truck and equipment so she could go to work and replace her old truck that was breaking down. She is a valued tutor at the elementary school where she teaches reading and mathematics.
Jeremy Wann received an accessible van and hand controls so that he could get around.
Heidi Pearson was injured in 2019 and lost mobility in her legs, right before her senior year of high school. Through Chair The Hope, she is now helping give back to others with mobility needs by raising almost $4,000. Watch her amazing story below.