Ramp 349 (Thomas, Jr. and Thomas, Sr.)

Highland Springs, VA

Ashley D’Ambrosia
Anna Wu
Samantha Funkhauser
Daniel Patterson
Nora Willet
Sarina dePalma
Saanvi Mittal
Shreya Sharma

Thomas was in an accident years ago which continues to impact his ability to get around.  He has had a stroke and has significant challenges with edema.  His 90+-year-old father, a veteran, moved in with him several months ago.  The two of them benefit daily from their new ramp, courtesy of our Collegiate Build Team.  This team donated their time on a day off from school in order to make life easier for both Thomas and his father.
“I was really pleased to meet them all, they were very polite…they worked very well together.  They really did a great job in a very good timely manner.  I was glad to meet them!” – Thomas, Jr.
Once again, we appreciate Dr. Headly and recognize him for his continued support and willingness to donate his time on days off from school!



“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.