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July 4, 2014

Edmond AMBUCS Donate AmTrykes to Children’s Hospital

EDMOND — The mission of AMBUCS is “Creating Mobility and Independence for People with Disabilities” and this is done in several ways: Through the donation of AmTrykes, scholarships for therapy students and building ramps for those who are mobility challenged.

The Edmond AMBUCS club recently donated three AmTrykes to Children’s Miracle Network Hospital through Children’s Hospital Foundation. The trykes will be used by patients at Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. The donation consisted of two toddler trykes and one AM 12, which is geared to be used by older children.

These unique tricycles, which can be hand and/or foot operated, are designed to accommodate riders of all ages, sizes and varying degrees of physical limitations. Both physical and occupational therapists acknowledge the AmTryke tricycle’s many therapeutic benefits, citing improved motor skills, strength development and self-esteem.

The presentation was made by AmBility Chairman Tom Hatcher and Shelly Douglas, director of New Business Development for Community Health Charities of Oklahoma. AmBility Chairman Tom Hatcher commented that the therapists at Children’s Hospital were excited to receive the trykes. He stated “This gives them the opportunity to start evaluating children who may need one of these very special trykes.”

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness while keeping 100 percent of donations in the community where they are raised. Children’s Hospital Foundation is an affiliate of CMN Hospitals and is dedicated to providing funding for pediatric programs in research, education and clinical care for Oklahoma’s children.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit 501c (3) organization in Oklahoma improving the health of children. Since its inception in 1983, Children’s Hospital Foundation, through its volunteer board and vast community support, has funded pediatric research, education and clinical programs including collaborative projects with the OU Department of Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Children’s Physicians and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust.

For more information, contact Executive Director Kathy McCracken at 650-1718 or visit www.okchf.org.

To learn more about Edmond AMBUCS contact June Cartwright at 820-9667. To have a ramp built, contact Adam Nevitt 751-7561, ext. 237 and for scholarship information contact Cathy Williams-White at 341-4344. Edmond AMBUCS meets every Friday at noon at the University of Central Oklahoma in the Cherokee room located in the UCO Nigh Center. Visit www.ambucs.org to learn more about the national nonprofit service organization.

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