The sun rises and soon the adorable school kids appear in their uniforms and backpacks. Tonito’s mom helps him down the small cement ramp and out to the dirt and rock road to meet his amigos. Prior to receiving his wheelchair, Tonito’s mom would carry him to school and would have to stay with him the entire time to help carry him from class to class.

Today, I witnessed a young nine-year-old boy that is so loved by all of his classmates. He pushes from the class to the playground, to lunch, and even played basketball with all of his amigos. His teacher told me that after Tonito received his wheelchair his grades improved, his reading ability increased, and he is now a leader in his classroom. I watched throughout the day with tears in my eyes as I saw hope, love, and independence.

A $150 wheelchair can change not only a life, but can change a family, a school, and a community!