I cannot look at a red Radio Flyer wagon without smiling !
Our son was diagnosed with brain cancer at age two. Between the tumor, and chemo he became immobile . One day he saw a red Radio Flyer wagon and wanted a ride. He became so happy when we gave him a ride at the children's hospital we were in. The wagon was the only place he wanted to be for a few months . Not only did this bring such joy to our son during treatment, but it also served many practical uses such as moving our belongings to one floor from another in the hospital, when we would get transferred, but it also helped up take our belongings to and from our vehicle with each hospital stay. Some people may look at a red wagon and think nothing of it , to me, it is a full of special memories , and this is why I cannot look at a red Radio Flyer wagon without smiling .
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I sit back now and see how far Radio Flyer has come. If I remember correctly it was on my 5th birthday, back in 1963, my family was celebrating my special day. Of course it's a day that always keeps you awake the night before, anticipating what is to come. I always thought it would be the most special day in my life. Well this year it really was, I use to ask Santa for a special red wagon everytime I sat on his lap, but it never happened. To my surprise, and it truly was, on this day my dad walked around the side of the house with this brightest red wagon, and the biggest red bow my little eyes ever saw. I was so happy, it was to me a memory I would never forget.. I always thought, I must have done something really good to get this kind of gift for my birthday. There were five kids in our family, my mom stayed home and took care of the kids, while dad went to work everyday in a factory. I look back now, and realize what they had to give up to make one little girl the happiest girl on the block. I thank God everyday, for having the best mom & dad in the whole world. Now I do this for my kids, and my grand kids as often as I can. Thanks for giving me the chance to at least try to do the same for my 2 grand daughters.
"My first (and only) memory of Radio Flyer is when I was 7 or 8 years old and a German family friend of ours had a Radio Flyer wagon. At that tender age, I did not know that it was a Radio Flyer until I grew up. They had 3 daughters (Nina, Elena and Dana) and we used to play a lot. Growing up in Manila, Philippines, Radio Flyers are not common to see way back more or less 30 years ago. But that memory of a shiny red wagon, playing with foreign friends (whom we lost contact when they went back to Germany) is something that one will always remember. We'd run around in their house dragging one after another. It is a fond memory that I will never forget. Sometimes they would come visit us at home and sometimes I would go there for a play date, and can't wait to ride that red shiny wagon! I've always wanted to have one, specially now that I have 2 wonderful boys, William, who'll be 3 years old in 2 months, and Brando, 7 years old. I've never bought them Radio Flyers as we can't find them here in South Africa. Having 1 or 2 Radio Flyers with my kids will surely be so much fun that I might just ride one myself! My husband and the kids made 2 home-made wagons, but we did not have the know-how of making one but the kids did had fun with them for like 2 weeks, it was great! Radio Flyer wannabe wagons. "