9-year old Blake was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He is cognitively nonverbal and lacks the muscle control to function independently. Subsequently, when he was 2 years old, he had a near drowning accident and he now relies on a wheelchair to move around. Despite these ailments, Blake continues to work hard to regain strength both mentally and physically. He spends his time during and after school receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and music therapy.
Shortly after the drowning incident, Blake’s father built him a wheelchair ramp so he could safely exit and enter the home. Unfortunately, it’s condition deteriorated over the years and the ramp became extremely unstable and unsafe to use. With Blake’s mother as the primary caretaker, the family of 4 rely on a single income and the family did not have the funds to make the necessary repairs. They would carry Blake when entering/exiting the home and transfer him into his wheelchair.
After learning the family’s situation, the Builders Care rockstar “Ramp Crew” immediately stepped in to make the necessary repairs to reinforce the ramp and make it safe for the family to use again.
Blake can now safely use his wheelchair to go outside and the family no longer has to carry him. The sight of the newly repaired ramp brought tears to Blake’s parents eyes. The ramp has provided much relief for the family and their lives have been changed forever.
Thank you to all involved in making this possible!!
About Builders Care
Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). Its mission is to provide emergency home repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $4.5 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd. Suite 4 in Fort Myers. The Lee Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net ) is a 64-year-old association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.