Extreme Gift, Maryann Riojas Wheelchair Fund

April 30, 2009 10:29:59 PM PDT
It was a special day for a young patient of Children's Hospital in Madera ... back in January his family was surprised by the team of ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition ... He was one of three children to receive wheelchairs through the Maryann Riojas Wheelchair Fund, set up by CVS Pharmacy. The minute Stellan Goss sat in his new wheelchair ... His therapist Peggy Nickel saw a change.

Physical Therapist Peggy Nickel said, "As soon as we put him in the wheelchair he woke up and started moving around being interested in the toys and started using his muscles in a way that I like to see ... I saw more head control right away."

The new wheelchair is top of the line ... custom built for Stellan's special needs.

Ray Kent with National Seating & Mobility said, "We basically size him ... take all of this measurements then we coordinate with the therapist to find out what position they want him to be sitting in ... how they want him positioned, whether he needs to be tilted or not ... which this chair does."

The chair was a gift from CVS Pharmacy. The company donated $50,000 to Children's Hospital, through the Extreme Makeover Home Edition show, back in January.

The new wheelchair will provide Stellan with more support than what his stroller had done until now.

The two-year old suffers from a seizure disorder that makes it difficult for him to sit up on his own or control his movements.

"It will help him get a lot stronger because he is sitting in something that holds him upright and encourages his muscles to work better," said Nickel.

Another great feature ... the chair is adjustable ...

"The back post can be moved all the way back so we can get another five inches of depth," said Kent.

Which means the wheelchair will grow with Stellan as he gets older ... and as his needs change.

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