Many children require the use of a wheelchair, but the sad reality is that not every family can afford one. It’s a necessity some have no choice but to go without.
Recognizing this critical need is what inspired the creation of “Go Baby Go,” an organization dedicated to bringing independent mobility to all children with disabilities. The initiative started at the University of Delaware and has spread throughout the country, including to Connecticut. That’s where two deserving kids just received amazing gifts.
STEM students from New Britain High School and Central Connecticut State recently teamed up to build something even better than adaptive wheelchairs: custom electric carts shaped like cars! They belong to a local “Go Baby Go” chapter and figured it would be a win-win effort. They’d not only learn how to build robots, but also give them to families in need — for free.
Physical and occupational therapists connect patients who’d benefit with the organization, which then builds the tiny vehicles from scratch. They’re funded entirely through donations.
Little Mosiah, who is eight years old, just became the lucky recipient of a stylish red car. And his sweet face said it all when he first tested it out at the high school. He was amazed at how easily he could get around!
“[Mosiah’s] face was smiles the entire time,” Central Connecticut State student Connor Spencer said. “It’s a priceless reaction to see the parent and child reacting to, ‘I’m moving. I’m doing this by myself. No one is pushing me.’ That reaction is priceless to see.”
But perhaps the most touching reaction came from little Kelicia’s mom, Kechisa Mathis, who broke down in tears at seeing her daughter “drive.” Born with severe developmental delays caused by Edwards’ syndrome, the little girl was given only a few months to live. But she defied doctors when she celebrated her seventh birthday.
“They said she wouldn’t do it,” an emotional Kechisa said. “They said she wouldn’t do it. And y’all made that possible. Thank you!”
These students are absolute saints for using their knowledge in such a noble pursuit. They may be developing their engineering skills, but they’re getting so much more out of it than that. They’re opening up a world of possibilities for kids who need it the most!
Watch as these sweet kiddos try out their new rides in the video below, and share to help spread this incredible initiative!
WATCH: This mom bursts into tears when her disabled daughter "drives" for the first time. And the joyous moment was all thanks to a group of STEM students, who built her an electric car – for free ❤️️ https://cbsn.ws/2JRsDOs
Posted by The Uplift on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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