RAMP announces details about upcoming Wheel-A-Thon

Staff Report

RAMP will be holding their 16th annual Stephenson County Wheel-A-Thon on Thursday, July 30 at 5 p.m. at Highland Community College/YMCA Sports Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, in Freeport.

This is a family-friendly event that takes an ordinary event like a walk and introduces a disability awareness aspect by focusing on the abilities of people using a wheelchair.

This year RAMP is adding door prizes, games along the route and a pig roast to the Stephenson County event.

At the event a wheelchair will be shared by a team and decorated before the two mile route begins.

Participants collect donations and receive structured incentives from local community partners such as McDonald’s, Magic Waters, 4 Seasons Bowling and YMCA.

RAMP’s goal is to help the community understand the message of how an inaccessible society and landscape can hamper even basic progress.

The Wheel-A-Thon supports RAMP’s mission to promote an accessible society that allows and expects full participation by people with disabilities.

Many local companies and organizations gather friends, family and co-workers to form teams and raise funds for RAMP.

Organize a team for friendly competition and earn a t-shirt, Magic Waters passes, McDonald’s coupons, 4 Seasons Bowling passes and more.

To sign up a team, sponsor a wheeler or make a donate visit classy.org/stephensoncowheelathon.

Those still wishing to assist in sponsorships can contact Liz Boyer at Stephenson County RAMP 815-233-1128 or lboyer@rampcil.org to find out more ways to help.

All proceeds from the Wheel-A-Thon will benefit RAMP’s Stephenson County services provided out of the Freeport office.

RAMP empowers individuals with disabilities through services and advocacy to live an independent life. We accomplish this by partnering with them to make changes in their own lives, seek peer support and remove barriers.

RAMP advocates for the implementation of current laws, promotion of needed legislation and improvement of existing systems for individuals with disabilities while working to diminish negative attitudes that threaten to impede equal access.


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