Justin Walder

Justin Walder

For most kids, the front door is a gateway to the world, the first step to adventures with friends or exploring outdoors. Justin’s front door now represents access to his home for the first time, increased independence, and a new routine for the family. A bout with swine flu at just two months old led to a series of seizures. Justin was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy and is now a wheelchair user.

A referral from Justin’s physical therapist landed his application on our desk. Carpenters got straight to work, completing the ramp just in time for Justin to get his first glance getting off the bus from school.

Life before the ramp required his older brother and sister carrying him off the bus and into the house. His power chair would stay chained outside the house because there was no way to get it inside. Justin’s days are now spent perfecting video game scores and watching his favorite team, the Shoreland Firebirds football team. “He is happier because he can do things himself. It’s changed my family’s life,” Justin’s mom shares. Funded by our Auxiliary, Stacey credits the ramp for changing their household dynamic. “Our daily life is different now. The donors are the ones who made it happen, we can’t thank them enough.”