Ramp 408 (Edgar)

Richmond, VA

Andrew Kauders
Carter Lowe
Makai Milton
Shreya Sharma
Sophia Warner
Katherine Williamson
Dave Headly

Edgar is 65 and has ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. He uses a wheelchair all of the time to get around the home he shares with his 36 year old daughter, who cares for him when she is not at work.  Edgar was just released from the hospital the day before we built the ramp and did not have his doctor’s permission to get out of bed, so his daughter, Jennifer, kindly test-drove the chair for our students.
Our Collegiate RAMPS Club did an excellent job, and our new builders – Andrew, Carter, Makai and Katherine did a great job with the guidance of our “pro” builders Shreya and Sophia. Appreciation is extended (as always!) to Dr. Headly, who donated time from his weekend to join us!



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!

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.

“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.’”