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Builders Come Together To Construct Ramp For Six-year-old
January 25, 2005

MANITOWOC, WISCONSIN--Six-year-old Sarah Wright will soon be able to join other children on the playground across the street from her house, thanks to the efforts of local home builders, according to the Herald Times Reporter.

Sarah has a progressive degenerative muscle disease called spinal muscular atrophy and has to use a wheelchair and ventilator. She spends most of her time inside, in part because her parents and nurses have had to carry her and her heavy wheelchair outside and down the steps.

The husband of one of Sarah's in-home nurses recently set up a meeting between Sarah's parents and Brandon Bartow, president of the Manitowoc County Home Builders Association to look at ways to make the entrance more accessible.

Last Friday, ten members of the builders group used materials donated by a local building center to construct a 4-foot-wide, 40-foot-long wheelchair ramp at the entrance.

The family is looking forward to taking Sarah out more, and especially to the park where there is a swing for children with disabilities.

"She looks out the window every day at that swing," said her mother, Missy. "This is a tremendous thing for her, because she's tied to the house so much and can't get out."

They ramp will also come in handy for their 6-month-old daughter, Madison, who was just diagnosed with the same condition as Sarah.

"Those guys have no idea how important this ramp is to us," Missy said of the builders.

Related:
"Sarah gets a way out" (Herald Times Reporter)

http://www.wisinfo.com/heraldtimes/news/archive/local_19511203.shtml

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