Ramp 283 (Earl)

Build Date 1/18/2016 Client Earl Location Richmond, VA Builders Brett Glover Alex Hartmann Destana Herring Jacqui Marchetti Daniel Patterson Parker Reed Meade Spotts Charlie Willingham Earl is a 59 year old with diabetes, he’s had surgery to remove two brain tumors.  Recently, his legs have not been able to support him.  He is anxious to get to the doctor for treatment and arthritis medicine, but is unable to get out without a ramp. The Collegiate Club did not hesitate to bundle up in warm clothes and set out to build this ramp in 25 degree weather.  Despite the cold, the students built quickly and efficiently, allowing Earl to feel comfortable making doctor appointments to begin to get some help.     Apologies for the bad photo of this build – apparently the cold eroded the photographer’s limited abilities to take a good photo.      



I have had a deep connection with RAMPS since the first time I heard of the club and what it does. My Grandmother was stuck in her home for many months before she passed away. Even though she had a wheelchair and could use it very well outside of her house she could not move down the steps in order to get outside of the house.
I was very excited to go on a build, though I didn’t have the slightest idea what one would be like, so I volunteered as soon as Dr. H sent out the email about the first build opportunity. I had no idea how much fun I would have on the build, or how gratifying it would be to see the look of deep appreciation and relief on the faces of the elderly recipients of the ramps. I distinctly remember watching the daughter of one of the elderly women we built a ramp for holding back tears as she watched her mother leave her house under her own power for the first time in months. It was a humbling experience.
“Meeting all of you was so wonderful. Everyone was so happy and seemed just as excited about building the ramp as I was having it built for me…I’ve only had my ramp a few days and it has made getting in and out of my house so much easier. I no longer have to let my son lift me up each step. I can go out and not be worried about how I will get back inside…So, from the bottom of my heart I say, ‘Thank you.'”