Ramp 406 (Monaiya)

Henrico, VA

Skylar West
Mariam Salem
Samone Smith
Gurleen Jaswal
Matthew Suddreth
Rachel Ferguson
Gavin Holloway
Trinity Brown
Erich Yost

Monaiya has NMO, an autoimmune disease in which immune system cells and antibodies primarily attack the optic nerves and the spinal cord.  The damage to the optic nerves may result in pain and loss of vision, and the damage to the spinal cord causes weakness or paralysis in the legs or arms.  Her mother, who is her main caregiver, has lupus and spinal health issues.  This new ramp will make life much easier (and safer) for both of them.
Our Midlothian High School RAMPS Club did a fantastic job with this ramp – it was a bit of a challenge but our RAMPS Supervisor, Spencer White, and our faculty Adviser, Erich Yost worked with the students to get exactly the right configuration – good job everyone!



Monday’s build was just another example of the fantastic character of the people who receive our ramps. The clients were so patient and appreciative of our service and made sure to let us know how pleased they were with their new ramp. Working with RAMPS is about working with the people. Without seeing the direct impact that our time and energy makes on their lives, our hard work wouldn’t be worth it. I continue to build for RAMPS because I know that these people who are less fortunate than I am need my help to have a better quality of life.

This was my second RAMPS build and once again I loved it. After just a couple hours of hard work and a little problem solving, we changed someone’s life significantly. It feels amazing to help someone just leave their house with ease. Every day I step out of my house and it’s as simple as that, but for these people it takes a lot of effort – and I love how with just a few helping hands, we can fix that! Go RAMPS!

“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.’”