Rampathon ‘ramps up’ life for local senior citizen
Saturday was no day off for the owners and staff of Edmonds’ Chermak Construction.
First thing in the morning the Chermak group assembled at the home of 95-year-old Fred J. Shaw to pitch in for the 2014 Rampathon, an annual event sponsored by Chermak, the Master Builders’ Association, Dunn Lumber, Homestreet Bank and others, in which the sponsors donate materials, labor and skill to construct a wheelchair-accessible ramp for someone who could otherwise not afford it.
Shaw must use walkers and wheelchairs, and as a result his mobility and independence are severely restricted.
“This will help my grandfather so much,” said NatalieMarie Shaw. “My mother and I had to literally carry grandpa in and out of the house. This will give him so much more independence and really expand his world.”