This Neptune Boy is Finally Getting His Wheelchair
After sharing the story of little Jared Gaedt and his family's struggle to get him to school, many people came together to try and help.
Thanks to a mom who would watch Jared's mother struggle each morning to get him to and from school and reached out to us, word spread about the family's need for a new set of wheels, and how their insurance company wouldn't cover it.
Now we have received word that thanks to so many donations and organizations coming together, the Rainbow Foundation is able to provide the rest of what's needed to help this adorable little boy.
The Rainbow Foundation's President, Edward Karaban, has been trying through the years to give this family what they can in order to help. Now he is happy to tell us that his foundation, in addition to two other organizations (Danielle's Wish and Jason's Dreams), will be able to cover the remaining cost of the wheelchair for Jared, thanks in part to the two Go Fund Me pages that many of you donated to.
Jared will be presented with his new wheelchair at The Rainbow Foundation's annual golf outing on Aug. 21st at Beacon Hill Country Club in Atlantic Highlands.
In case you haven't heard about The Rainbow Foundation, it was founded over 30 years ago by Thomas Karaban, who, after his retirement, made the decision to dedicate his life to helping seriously ill children.
Thomas was driven, dedicated, and made it his life mission to help each and every child and their family that asked for help. Now his son, Edward, continues to keep his dream alive by helping children and their families in our area who need it most.
Since Rainbow Foundation's inception, they have provided assistance to hundreds of children and their families across Monmouth County, including paying hospital and medical bills, arranging transportation for both extraordinary surgeries and ongoing treatments, donating necessary and life-saving medical equipment, and making financial grants to families in dire need.
The Rainbow Foundation's mission is simple: To help alleviate the financial burdens that families face when their child is diagnosed with a serious illness. Their slogan: Let families be families and kids be kids.
If you would like to help The Rainbow Foundation in their quest, please CLICK HERE.
To read about Jared's story and why he needed this wheelchair CLICK HERE and HERE.