Little Red Stories
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.
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!
Hello, I am lucky to have two!Bought one for my grandson's first Christmas!He loved it,still has it!I was lucky enough to find one at a garage sale.For $10.00!I use it for hauling things out of my car into my house!My twin grandson's loves it as well.They look for treasures in my yard,rocks etc.I wish every child had a chance to have a radio flyer!I have a new granddaughter would love to get her one especially for her!
When my daughter Jordan was five years old i had a beautiful section of garden with wonderful bright tulips. As you can imagine i was quite proud of them. well she went and picked them all and put them in her radio flyer bright red wagon and started down the street. i looked out the window and she was strolling up the neighbors driveway with one of my tulips in her hand. i went out and was ready to yell and i asked why she took all the tulips she said she was gonna make everyone happy by giving them a flower! i couldnt yell after that and i just tagged along watching all the smiles as she gave them their "stolen flower".
We teach our kids to share their gifts and toys with others. Before Christmas or after a birthday we get our radio flyer and fill it with toys to donate to our local Children’s hospital, park district, and school. My kids are 3 And 4 years old and they understand that sharing is caring. It’s so important to teach kids the joy of giving.
MY SON HAD A RADIO FLYER WAGON. HE LOVED IT SO MUCH WE HAD TO PULL INTO THE HOUSE SO HE COULD SIT IN IT TO WATCH TV UNTIL TIME FOR BED. IT WAS PARKED NEXT TO THE BED SO HE COULD GET IN IT FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. FOR A LONG TIME HIS WORLD REVOLVED AROUND HIS BELOVED RADIO FLYER
We lived in a suburb of Milwaukee back in the 1960's. No sidewalks and not the smoothest streets to walk on. My sisters and I would often play with other children who lived down the street and one time I remember, my youngest sister fell and hurt herself while playing. I went home as quickly as I could and brought back our Radio Flyer wagon, rolled it from our house to where my sister was sitting on the grass in pain and gently loaded her into it. While not the smoothest ride, our prized wagon was the perfect "vehicle" to transport her back down the street to our house where she could get comfort and care.
In 1964 we purchased the all word Town and Country Radio flyer for our daughters. In the on coming years it became the center piece of their play activities. Needless to say it took a beating and in the last few years it was ready for the junk pile. But not to be. It was the trophy we wanted to save to remember all the good times we had with the wagon always in center stage. Long walks with the four girls huddle with their dog loving every minute of the ride. Parades down main street USA with the girls who could fit loving the attention. Filled with dirt, rocks and weeds from many garden chords over the many years of use, our Radio Flyer was to be rewarded not junked. What happen next was amusing. With your help our Radio Flyer has been restored into mint condition and is the center piece of our home. Thank you Radio Flyer you are the best. The Mariani Family
Er We fill up our red Radio Flyer wagon with home made food and distribute it to the homeless in downtown San Diego. They love to see our red wagon coming their way! Title: Fill the wagon with JOY!!!
I cleaned and painted my Radio Flyer wagon, filled it with wrapped packages, then gave it to my young cousin as a reward for learning to count from one to ten.
When our garden overflowed with a bumper crop of veggies, our children would fill up their little red wagon and offer veggies to our neighbors.
"Look! One of her legs is shorter than the other!" exclaimed my grandfather in what would be the beginning of my spica cast journey to correct congenital hip dysplasia at 13 months of age. A few surgeries and a kid in a cast and traction bars didn't scare my mother as much as being home alone for days or weeks on end without the ability to go anywhere or see anyone. Thankfully she married an ingenious engineer who modified a radio flyer red wagon so that the sides extended out and I could go in, cast and all. We trekked everywhere in that red wagon, and now, 28 years later, family and friends can still recall how happy our family looked all together with me being toted around in our wagon.
When our kids were young, we enjoyed putting them in the radio flyer and taking walks around town. We stopped at elderly neighbors who were home bound to bring a little joy to them. Just the interaction with the kids brought them a lot of enjoyment. We'd also bring some groceries or home baked goods with us to share. They enjoyed the time but it also was great for us to be able to add a little sunshine to their day.
I used a radio flyer wagon to help 8-10 year old boys and their parents load their stuff into a cub scout resident camp. The parking lot is far away from the camp sites and cars aren't allowed to drive through camp. It allowed cub scouts to get their stuff to camp easily. And especially helps special needs campers!