Modified Vehicles Benefit Lincoln Kids
Dawn Sebek and her husband Rick own Rolling Hills Trading and they're the founders of a non-profit called S-M-I-L-E.
Dawn explains, "S-M-I-L-E is an acronym. S-M-I-L-E stands for seeking more independent life experiences and so that says it all."
S-M-I-L-E collaborated with Midwest Bank to give away three specially modified vehicles this afternoon, Rick says, "These cars help with the mobility for these children with special needs but it's also fun. I mean a lot of these kids don't get to have a lot of fun and it's just a great source of fun."
The three children who received vehicles today currently participate in Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital's pediatric outpatient therapy program. Dr. Chase Pfeifer is a research director at Madonna and he was in charge of making modifications to the vehicles, "These kids are not able to really use their legs to control a typical powered vehicle let alone walk and get around on the own. What we were able to do today is get them into a vehicle that fit them that had custom modifications built for their needs in order to have them operate the vehicle and get around independently."
So far, the S-M-I-L-E program has given away ten vehicles and they have plans to give many more of them in the future.