Susan is a 66-year old woman who has Ehlers Danlos, a very rare disease that only affects about 1000 people a year. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of inherited disorders that affect your connective tissues — primarily your skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Connective tissue is a complex mixture of proteins and other substances that provide strength and elasticity to the underlying structures in your body.
Because of this disease, she has broken both of her ankles and has very limited mobility. She had a wooden ramp that was built for her many years ago, but it had become unsafe to use. Her ability to get in and out of her home and attend much needed medical appointments after 61-major surgeries. She was out of options.
With our wonderful partners from Burns & McDonnell, a crew of over 20-employees descended on Susan’s home on a hot and humid Saturday in in less than 4-hours had the old ramp removed, the new ramp built, side rails on the home modified to help Susan and even mowed the front yard! Once again, the RampsRVA Hero Squad spent a few hours to give Susan a lifetime of freedom.