Ramp 334 (Chelsea and Stacy)

Build Date
Chelsea and Stacy
Richmond, VA

Phillip Carreras
Mitchell Hoag
Vaughn Harper
Chris Metzger
Hank Berling
Will Kiefer
Mark Kukoski
Hunter Beverly

Chelsea, who is under 10 years old, and her mother, Stacy, both have a form of muscular dystrophy which results in prolonged periods of muscle contraction.  The result may be difficulty walking, letting go of a doorknob, slurred speech, or temporary locking of the jaw.  This hereditary condition makes life challenging for this mother/daughter team, but with the new ramp, life will be made just a little bit easier.
The Benedictine Team made short work of this ramp, and while it is a straight and fairly short ramp, it will be life changing for this family.  Extra thanks to August Berling, our Board Member who oversaw the build on a rainy, chilly day!



“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.’”

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.

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.