Last weekend, the 25th annual Rampathon came to Enumclaw and made a difference in two residents’ lives.
The annual event, organized by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS), helps improve the mobility of disabled people all around the two counties by building wheelchair ramps at their homes, free of charge
This year, MBAKS and its member volunteers plan to construct 50 ramps, which would be the most ever built during a single Rampathon event.
In total, more than 450 ramps have been built with over 30,000 of volunteer hours donated by local builders since 1933.
The two Enumclaw residents to receive a ramp were Stephen Meyer, 63, and Joey Sexton, 53.
Meyer is a quadriplegic since the age of 19, and Sexton was disabled from an injury that required extensive back surgery, which left him unable to lift or carry more than five pounds.
“The ramp allows me to be independent. I can do my own shopping. I can do whatever I want,” Meyer said. “I don’t like asking people to do things when I know how to do them. These guys are a great group of people.”