"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!"
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My granddaughter Simone has a Radio flyer car she loves to drive. We think it from the 1940, maybe some one can tell us a little more about the car. Simone and I have two languages Swedish and English.
"My Radio Flyer story is quite new. For the last several months every time my husband comes home from work (he works overseas on a month off a month) our youngest son has to go to the Co-Op the very next morning. They go and make their purchases and then he tells his Dad and the clerk he needs to go check on "his" tricycle. He knows right where it is and hops on ringing the bell. This Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle has become his greatest Christmas wish. Oops they went last Friday and "his" tricycle was gone. We expected a complete meltdown, however, what we got surprised us. He announced Santa must have come and got it for him already and ever since he tells everyone Santa went and got his tricycle to bring him for Christmas. Boy I hope Santa makes good on this big wish."