Little Red Stories
"My son was born with deformed lens in both eyes which made him blind 20/800. He had multiple surgeries to remove his lens, but was too young to have artificial lens put in. He was 2 months old and the day after Christmas. So after a major fight with the FDA, he was going to have an experimental surgery to have donor tissue put in his eyes. It was like having a human tissue as a built in contact lens put under his corneal tissue. So the fitting was another surgery and it's not easy to not feed a 7 month old after midnight. Then comes the major surgeries, putting the donor tissue in the day after his 1st birthday. It was again hard not to feed your baby, BUT he had gotten a little red Radio Flyer wagon for his birthday. We filled it with a blanket & toys and pulled him all over the hospital. We cut corners and ran having all kinds of fun while waiting on the doctor. So he was too busy laughing and having fun to think about a drink or food. The wagon also helped when one of the tissues didn't take and had to be removed. In total he had 10 surgeries by the age of 2 1/2. The surgeries after he got his wagon there were less tears,(mine and his). Thank you Radio Flyer for helping my son, (and his very upset mother) and making my baby boy have a better experience than it could have been. He is now 17 and legal to drive! I also now have a grandson, (from his older sister) and we are restoring his daddy's Radio Flyer for his 1st Christmas. And now EVERY grandchild I will ever have WILL get a Radio Flyer for their 1st Christmas!!!
"My son D was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 3 months old. He was in and out of the hospital for 3 months. It was very stressful for him as he had to stay in the hospital bed and wasn't able to get off the bed. One day, a wonderful the nurse brought in a Radio Flyer wagon and offered to cushion it up so he can lay on it instead of his hospital bed. It was the best day of D's life. We were able to wheel him around the unit and even to the hospital cafe where he gets to look at something besides the boring hospital ceiling. He became so attached to it that he even took naps in it. D's brain tumor was removed 3 months later. He is now tumor free but still dealing with physical problems associated with the brain tumor. He recently just had 2 surgeries which affected his ability to walk. He would love to be able to sit in a Radio Flyer wagon again and go out for a stroll without feeling different from other toddlers who are able to run around. A Radio Flyer wagon will give him a chance to be just a kid!"