How We Help
More than half the people afflicted with severe physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy need to use braces, walkers, wheelchairs, and other assistive devices to help get them around. Some may require special medical care, educational and social services, and other help throughout their lives from both their families and their communities. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the average lifetime cost associated with these afflictions is roughly $1 million per person and climbing. Team KOKO is dedicated to alleviating a portion of the costs for these individuals in any way we can, and to continually spread the word to others that more help is desperately needed. Since launching in August 2007, we have accepted over 80 individual cases: purchasing necessary medical equipment, needed therapy sessions, and assisting with other outstanding medical bills for those in need.
Who We've Helped
Executive Director Dave Kunicki and President Tim Wambach presenting a check to Jessica M. at our 2nd Annual March Forth Awards Ceremony. Jessica has cerebral palsy. When her insurance company refused to pay for a new wheelchair to replace her old one broke down, Team KOKO stepped in.
The Lukas Family
A Twitter campaign helped KOKO provide the Lukas Family an accessible elevator in their home for their four children with cerebral palsy.
Dylan S. has cerebral palsy and suffers from chronic seizures. KOKO has paid for Dylan’s physical therapy lessons. Most recently, we’ve purchased a TheraSuit® that supports his posture during physical therapy. The TheraSuit is instrumental to the wearer and the ability to perform during therapy.
Miguel G. and his family at our annual Santa Cause Fundraiser. KOKO purchased a specialized hospital bed for Miguel, who lives with spastic quadriplegia, to increase his safety and comfort while he sleeps.