Little Red Stories
Manyyears ago when my daughter was in girl scouts, I was the leader and my husband needed the car for work and living a mile from the First Baptist Church in Fresno. I needed to get from home to the church with the craft supplies and materials. The only way to tote was our red flyer wagon. We also used in delivering Girl Scout cookies during cookie time.
When my son was born he had a heart murmer.The doctor said it would most likely go away as he got older.When he turned one we found out it wasn't gonna get better and that it was gonna get worse until the point where he would have open heart surgery.When he turned 8 the condition (Artic Stenosis)had worsened to the point it became critical.He always wanted to play all sports and it was apperent that would probabally never happen.We came in contact with dr.Rosen and dr.MCCONNELL both from Children's hospital in columbus Ohio.They decided to try a new procedure called the Ross procedure.It was very sucessful and Nathanial came through everything like it never happened.While we were at the hospital we decided we were gonna go start a wagon run and raise money to buy new wagons for the hospital.They cost 500 dollars and so far we have raised enough for 7 wagons.With your help we can work together and make sure other children have a ride to and from office visits and to their rooms before sergury.Thank you from Nathanials wagons for a cause.
When our son was small and could not walk but was not in a stroller the only thing that made him content was a ride in his radio flyer wagon. We would just walk and walk. We had a wagon that we could take with us in the car and it went everywhere!
I have fond wagon memories of my young Grandchildren riding in a wagon being pulled by me their Grandpa. They giggle and played together and eventually fall asleep with happy smiles.
Wagons are great! Everyone needs one from children to elderly. They have so many different uses!
I wish I had pictures but I dont. When my husbands contract was up for the USMC in 2015, we donated our wagon we couldnt move with us to the hospitality house across from the hospital by daughter spent 4 months in the NICU at. We figured families who had kids staying with them could enjoy it and use it to haul stuff the the hospital. It was like a Ronald McDonald house since New Hanover Regional didnt have one. Such an awesome group of people running it and keeping it going. I hope they are still getting good use out of it!
We were having a yard sale and had a lightly used red wagon for sale. A sweet woman and darling little boy came over and he loved the wagon but I could see she didn't have the money to pay for it. After talking to her, I learned her husband was serving in the military overseas and that was all I needed to know. My husband and I loaded the wagon into her car and then took her and her son to McDonald's for burger and fries!
My most memorable and favorite memory is not on the full sized Radio Flyer Wagons but on the miniature ones. I had bought a dozen or so of the miniature Radio Flyer Wagons with and without the wooden sides. For Easter I filled them with candy, eggs and treats and used it for the Easter basket. Everyone really loved the idea. Later I would bake cookies and fill the wagon for parties and picnics. They made a great conversation piece.
Our American Legion Auxiliary Unit has filled the Classic wagon with goodies to use as a raffle. The proceeds from our raffle go to help our local Veterans in many ways. We donate to the local VA Hospital, purchase Christmas gifts for Veterans in our local nursing homes and our State Veterans home, donate to the USO, the local Boys & Girls Club, Veteran benefit Golf tournaments, the list goes on. The Radio Flyer wagon creates a lot of interest!
We had a Radio Flyer wagon when our kids were little,. They loved to be pulled around the yard in it, helped me with yard work with it. Thanks for the memories!
Purchased Purchased wagon for Kevin's 1st birthday. He was born at 25 weeks & spent 4 months in hospital. Put pillows in wagon & tied balloons to sides.. Kevin was autistic & passed away on 12/7/2007 at age 14. I would donate wagons to Children's Medical Center of Dallas.
I bought first grandchild radio red flyer for his first Christmas. When he was big enough I would pull him in. We used to take long walks with it rather I walked and he rode in the wagon. I had it for years and wish I still had it.
One week after Leevi and his twin brother celebrated their second birthday Leevi got sick. On August 25, 2017 Leevi was taken to a local emergency because he was inconsolable and vomiting. Thankfully, the doctor that was working ordered a CT Scan that showed a mass in Leevi's brain. Leevi had to endure the pain of having an intraosseous line placed due to dehydration. Leevi was then flown to Janet Weis Children's Hospital for fear of increased intracranial pressure. Leevi remained stable and received Neurosurgery on August 28, 2017 that lasted seven grueling hours. a few hours later we received the Pathology report that turned our world upside down: Leevi had brain cancer (grade 3 Anaplastic Ependymoma). Leevi was stable following neurosurgery but physically was back at square one. Leevi could no longer hold his head up independently, pull himself up to a standing position, feed himself or walk. Leevi started vigorous PT and OT. During this time we met up with his Radiologist and Oncologist to come up with a game plan. Two days after neurosurgery Leevi was discharged from the hospital but we remained on site for the following three months at our local Ronald McDonald House. For the next three months family members cared for our other two children; Aiden aged 6 and Wiatt aged 2 while we gave Leevi every fighting chance we had. Two weeks post-op Leevi went back under general anesthesia to have his Mediport placed for his upcoming treatments. Two weeks after his port was placed Leevi started his cycle of 33 intense radiation treatments to his Posterior Fossa. Leevi fought through the radiation but had a very hard time with the Chemotherapy treatments that followed! Leevi lost weight, was constantly nauseous, vomited, and his blood counts plummeted leaving him with virtually no immune system. He spent the next few month fighting for his life while his father and i helplessly watched. Leevi is a very strong little boy. He fought his brain cancer head on and WON! Leevi is currently in remission but his battle is far from over. Leevi has to have MRI's performed every 3-4 months due to the aggressive nature of the cancer. Every other scan will be done under general anesthesia and last approximately five hours because his brain and entire spinal column has to be scanned. The other scans will be shorter and done under sedation and will only scan his brain. During Leevis's extensive treatment regimen and hospitalizations the only thing he enjoyed and looked forward to was his wagon rides around the hospital. Of course, Leevi had to wear a mask to protect him from germs but he didn't mind at all because he got to leave his hospital room! His leisurely wagon rides were the only thing that gave Leevi a sense of "normalcy" during the most trying time of his two short years of life! Our family is currently planning a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the annual CERN Foundations butterfly release to celebrate Leevi and many other children who had to endure brain cancer and its many unpleasant side effects and treatments. Our family will be purchasing a wagon from the Radioflyer company for our trip so that Leevi can be as comfortable as possible and save his energy. Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania would be a very deserving recipient of the Wagons for Good. The facility treats a large number of patients each year. Some include surgical patients, oncology patients as well as NICU/ICU patients. Thanks you for this amazing opportunity! God Bless.