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"My name is Mae Mallaney, my story may be a little different than the others that are submitted. My Radio Flyer experience was a life saver for me. It started in July 2010 when my youngest daughter Madyson was born. 8 weeks after her birth, she went for her 2 month check up and the doctor noticed that she had a clicking in her left hip. We then went for a follow up at Shriner's Children's hospital in Springfield Mass. Her doctor was very empathetic after a battery of tests, explaining to my husband and I that our daughter had congenital hip displaysia and that she may need surgery to correct it. I was devastated beyond words. He told us that her hip joint was so out of place that it was wearing a divot in her pelvic bone. He explained that she would not walk correctly, more than likely she would have one leg longer than the other and that she would most definitely have a limp. We had 2 optins, one was an open reduction of her hip, the other a closed reduction of her hip, which could only be a possibility if we put her in traction for 4 weeks and it worked. I cried more than I have ever cried. The thought of my daughter, my baby going under for surgery scared me beyond words. The risk of infection with an open reduction plus the amount of recovery time truly worried me. When my daughter was 6 months old, her Dr. (Dvarek) took a red Radio Flyer wagon, placed pads and blankets in the bottom of it, it was built up with metal bars to hold the weights that would be placed on her legs, and in this Red Radio Flyer wagon is where my daughter would spend the next 4 weeks, 24 hours each day, on her back with weights holding her legs at a 90 degree angle and he backside off the bottom. But if this worked, as well hoped, she would get out of having an open reduction and be able to get the closed reduction surgery, with no cutting, less recovery and healing time and a better over all outcome. We kept her in that Red wagon 24/7 for 4 weeks and prayed for the best as we anxiously awaited word from the doctor as to whether or not this Red wagon traction worked. The doctor came in and told us what we were praying to hear...The Red wagon traction worked, we were able to get the closed reduction!! It worked, and now we have a healthy, bouncing, happy 3 year old. Whenever I see a Radio Flyer Red Wagon, I think of this ordeal and thank God for it! My memories of the Radio Flyer wagon are bittersweet, but it saved our little girl's ability to walk. Thank you Radio Flyer!"
We bought our oldest son which he is 26 a radio flyer wagon , the one with the wood on top of it when he was about 1. We always have pulled him in it while he was little everywhere we go like camping, fishing, and just around the house. When he got bigger he started pulling his puppies around in it and then he got him a 4-wheeler and he had pulled it behind it. So 10 years later when we had our other child he started pulling him around in it. Til one day I accidently back up over it. I hated that I done that but I just did not see it. I had found a smaller one without the wood on the land he had bought and now using it in pictures when I do family pictures. I also carried my props in one too to help me get it to the places I need alot of stuff at . So it has so many uses for us and if I was to win I would not just give it all to just one charity I would like to spread it out to a few of them like give most of them to the children's hospital for the children to be pulled around in at the hospitals and would love to give some to the animal rescue centers for abused animals to help them also. That would be helping two causes that means so much to me. The children and animals can not really speak for their selves so at least they can maybe have a little special help from me and ya..Thank you , Tina Atkins from Red Boiling Springs, Tn.