GoBabyGo is a program started by the University of Delaware that modifies battery-powered toy cars for children with disabilities. The idea is to teach them about their own independent mobility and improve their social development. By rewiring the cars to operate with a special switch, installing safety harnesses, or modifying the seat, children with disabilities learn to operate the car and control their own movement.
Since 2006, 40 GoBabyGo chapters have been formed in the United States, Poland, and Israel. In 2015, Marianjoy launched the only GoBabyGo chapter in the Chicago suburbs by holding its first build workshop. Bringing together families, therapists, doctors, engineers, donors, and community volunteers, the first two workshops have supported modified cars for 27 children with disabilities. On October 8th, a group from First Trust joined in the third build, and the Foundation couldn’t be prouder! Thanks to all those who took the time to make a difference in the lives of kids.
Click on each child's name to read their story!
• $2000 was sent by the Foundation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which helps people with physical challenges live active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
• Breast Cancer Research Foundation received $3000 in support of their mission to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research.
• The Foundation granted $3000 to the National MS Society in support of their mission to fund cutting-edge research, facilitate professional education and provide programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward.
• Avenues to Independence, an organization which helps adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities live and work in the community with independence and dignity, received $3000.
• The Foundation sent $3000 to Doctors without Borders to assist them in delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemic disasters or exclusion from health care.
• NAMI DuPage, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a nationwide mental health advocacy organization, begun in 1979, dedicated to improving the quality of lives of people affected by mental illnesses. The Foundation was honored to support their mission with a donation of $3000.
Responding to Hurricane Matthew, the Foundation donated to a number of charities working to help with clean-up and recovery efforts in the U.S. and Haiti:
• The Foundation provided a gift basket (valued at approx. $900) to Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center’s gala. Marianjoy is committed to providing exceptional and compassionate health care service that promotes the dignity and well-being of the people it serves.
EXTRA DIFFERENCE FOR OCTOBER
• We sent over 100 lbs of extra donated Halloween candy to our troops overseas via Operation Gratitude, an organization dedicated to lifting the spirits and meeting the needs of active duty military and veterans.
• The Foundation granted $1000 to Bags of Hope, an organization that provides backpacks full of non-perishable food to students in food insecure households who need it most.
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