TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — Last month a Pinellas County charity celebrated a milestone, having helped it’s 600th child. Considering it’s modest roots, that feat seemed unreachable just a few years ago. Looks can often be deceiving, because this organization says the best is yet to come.
Tucked away in a corner of a shopping plaza in Tarpon Springs, is a place that’s changing hundreds of kid’s lives for the better.
"I talked to my husband about it, several times, and we decided to use his 401K and start this," Madison Robinson told us.
Wheelchairs 4 Kids quickly became her passion project.
Kids like Aiden who got the bike he always wanted; and Bryanna, who like Aiden has Cerebal Palsy, received a state of the art lightweight powered chair.
"Before I would spend a lot of time at home wouldn't really get to go out a lot, so it's definitely made me feel happier," Bryanna Tanase said.
Bryanna’s majoring in Cell and Molecular biology at USF. She’ll change the world one day Madeline says, and the chair will help her do it.
"You see the smiles on their faces, and more so even on the mom's faces I believe," Madeline said.
"It's so much happiness and joy and just a little overwhelming, just knowing there is a foundation out there that is wanting to help to the maximum extent that they actually can," Lissette Lopez said holding back tears. Lopez's son Aiden loves to take his bike to the park and play with his younger sister.
Through donations, Wheelchairs 4 kids helps children with any mobility challenge. 600 so far! Each one emotional and unforgettable.
"The parents start to cry, we start to cry and the children are going 'what's wrong, I'm having fun out here,'" Madeline said.