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Young male with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using a assistive lift device that was donated by Walking Strong

Helping Hunter and Carlos – and Their Moms!

Assistive lift devices for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

At Walking Strong, our mission is to provide essential assistance to individuals and families facing the challenges of muscular dystrophy. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest, regardless of the obstacles they may encounter. Today, we want to share the heartwarming stories of two remarkable young boys, Hunter and Carlos, and their incredible journey to a brighter future thanks to the support of our program.

Helping Hunter and His mom

One day, at a power soccer practice, we had the privilege of meeting Karen, a single mother who has a beautiful teenage son named Hunter, who is battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. As Hunter grew older, his condition made it increasingly difficult for Karen to safely lift him. Witnessing her struggle, we knew we had to step in and offer our assistance through the Walking Strong program.

Karen, like many others in her situation, was unaware of the remarkable Molift, an electric Hoyer lift that can safely transport individuals who cannot walk into various places, such as a bed, shower chair, or wheelchair. It was clear that Hunter and Karen could benefit greatly from this life-changing assistive device. With our guidance and support, Karen applied for assistance through Walking Strong, and we swiftly connected with George at Sherman Oaks Medical Supply to secure the Molift at the best possible price.

Molift assistive lift device being used by a young male with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Helping Carlos and His Mom

Meanwhile, another mother named Karen, residing in Riverside, reached out to us for help. Her son, Carlos, was 20 years old and also in need of an assistive lift device. The challenges facing Carlos and his family were similar to Hunter’s situation. Karen and Carlos were managing on their own, and Carlos was getting increasingly anxious every time his parents went to lift him. One fall and break for a Duchenne boy could be catastrophic and life-threatening. As for parents lifting a boy over 100 pounds is also very dangerous for them and their own bodies.

Introducing the Molift

The Molift is a fantastic electric Hoyer lift that safely transports those who cannot walk into various places such as beds, shower chairs, and wheelchairs. They are a lifesaver! Both Moms applied for help from Walking Strong, and our contact George at Sherman Oaks Medical Supply quickly helped us order them and gave Walking Strong the best possible price. Within a few weeks, BOTH boys received their lifts.

Molift assistive lift device.
Molift – Photo courtesy of Sherman Oaks Medical Supply

Sherman Oaks Medical Supply took the extra step and went to the home of Carlos in Riverside for a personalized tutorial on how to use it. They are a wonderful partner of Walking Strong.

Grateful for our Donors and Supporters

These assistive lift devices have been life-changing for BOTH Families. We are grateful to all of our supporters and generous donors who help Walking Strong change lives.

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