The "I Want to Walk" program helps children receive orthopedic treatment, as well as assists orphans in post-orphanage adaptation. Through the "I Want to Walk" program, many children have received medical treatment at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX. Orthopedic treatment is very expensive in a lot of countries, and few are given the opportunity to receive it. Life in Motion has worked closely with specialists from all over the world to help those children for whom the dream of walking is unattainable. Moreover, the "I Want to Walk" program helps orphans who are struggling to find employment and education opportunities after they graduate from orphanages. Below are the children whose lives have been changed through this special program.
Below are some of the children that have been helped by the "I Want to Walk" program
October 2017, 17-year-old Alyosha arrived in Dallas, where he will get excellent new prostheses at the amazing Texas Scottish Rite Hospital! Alyosha is missing a foot. He needs a new comfortable prosthetic leg because he will soon start attending a university. Alyosha is missing both hands, but he is an excellent piano player! He is very talented! Alyosha played the piano at the 2017 Life in Motion concert at the Theater of Nations. He often participates in international competitions and concerts. We are confident that he will be very accomplished!
Update: Alyosha is not only walking with joy now, he is running, riding a bike and rollerblading! The doctors made an extra flexible foot for him so he can be more active!
15-years-old Polina comes from a far-East city of Khabarovsk. She is currently in high school. Summer 2016, she traveled to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital to have an amputation of her right leg and receive a new prosthetic leg. The surgery was successful and she is now walking! Her dream is to study in Saint Petersburg and become a fashion designer.
8-year-old Rahman comes from a little Chechen village near the mountains. Rahman is missing a leg. In July 2015, Rahman came to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas to get a prosthetic leg. After the examination the doctors determined that Rahman needs an additional surgery in order to make a prosthetic leg, since his nerve is naked and there is not enough tissue to protect it. The surgery will prolong his stay. The healing will take about three weeks and only after that the doctors will start working on his prostheses. We need to raise more funds to cover Rahman's stay, accommodation and translation services at the hospital. To raise funds for Rahman and other kids, who have a dream to WALK we will be climbing mount Kilimanjaro again this August. Please, support our mission and make your donation which will help Rahman to walk! http://www.gofundme.com/tq34mwc
Deni came to Dallas, TX in the summer of 2014. In just one month, Deni received orthopedic treatment at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and learned how to walk!
Aslan received a prosthetic leg at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX in July 2014. He came from a remote Russian mountain village to have his dream of walking finally come true!
Lena Lebedeva, a 10 years-old girl from Russia, came to the U.S. in the summer of 2010. Happy Families International Center and the "I Want to Walk" program have made Lena's dream of walking come true! To be able to wear prostheses, Lena had undergone a surgery at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX. In October of 2010, Lena returned to her hometown on her own legs! In 2015, Lena came back to the US to get her second set of legs.
Sasha Pohilko, a 26 year-old artist, was born in the suburbs of Moscow. At the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, he got not two, but three prostheses! He sketched one of the ideas that he had for one of his prosthetics for the doctors and asked them to make it. The doctors agreed and made his, as well as their own version of prostheses. The prostheses will allow him to become even more mobile. Sasha also drew wonderful portraits of the doctors, nurses and other employees of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He surprised everyone so much with his talent (drawing without having any hands), that Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children organized an exhibition for his drawings. Now Sasha is going to one of the best art schools in Moscow, working with the “Artist Foundation” and having art classes with little kids in Russian orphanages.
Sasha D'Jamoos was born in Penza, Russia. He came to the United States in December 2006. At the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX, Sasha underwent an amputation of his lower limbs to be fit with prosthetic legs. In 2007, Sasha was adopted by a wonderful family from Plano, TX. Today, Sasha is studying Political Science at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dima Ivanov came to the United States when he was six years old. Today he is walking on his new legs! Having survived an amputation, phantom-limb pains and the difficulties of the first steps, he now can walk by himself!
Dima was adopted in March of 2011 by an incredible couple, Greg and Trudy, who were his foster family while he was in Dallas for the surgery. They shared with him his pain after the amputation and they helped him take his first steps on his own. They couldn’t let him go back to the orphanage. He became their son. They gave him a chance to have a new life!
Maxim Abramov was born in a remote Russian town. When he was just a baby, Maxim suffered severe burns from a fire at his parents' house. Nearly 30% of his body was burned, and he had suffered severe injuries on his legs, which had to be amputated. Maxim came to the US in 2012, and was fit with prosthetic legs. Now he is able to walk!!! Currently he lives with his adoptive family in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Viktor Kochkin grew up in an orphanage, in a remote Russian town, Nizhny Lomov. He was born with deformed legs, which deprived him of the ability to walk. In 2010, Viktor came to Dallas, TX, where he had an amputation of his lower limbs for orthopedic treatment. Now, Viktor has prosthetic legs and is able to walk! Viktor is an excellent break-dancer, and upon his return to Russia, he became famous for winning a major talent show in 2011. He has won a million rubles, met with numerous Russian celebrities and even met the Russian President Vladimir Putin! And because of the 'I Want to Walk' program, Viktor is able to walk and further realize his dreams!
In March 2011, Sveta was only six-years old when she arrived at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children for a surgery and a new prosthetic. She had already undergone several surgeries in the past in Moscow. Due to abnormal bone growth in the remaining part of her amputated leg, the prosthetic did not fit well. The prosthetic she had in Russia was very heavy and uncomfortable. Svetlana returned to Moscow in May 2011 on her new prosthetic. She is WALKING, running and enjoying her freedom of motion!
In April 2013, Svetlana needed a new prosthetic. She had been growing a lot during the two years and her prosthetic became too small. It became hard for Svetlana to walk. In May 2013, Svetlana returned to Texas to get her new prosthetic. She was very happy to meet with her favorite doctors. Dr. Herring examined Svetlana on May 15th and confirmed that she did not need a surgery in order to get a new prosthetic. In June 2013, she went back to Moscow with her foster mother. Svetlana is very happy now. She thanks everyone, who helped her to walk again with joy!
Ivan grew up in an orphanage for children with physical disabilities near a remote Russian town, Nizhny Lomov. Ivan was born with a deformity on one of his legs - a disability that prevented him from using both of his legs for walking. The prosthetic leg that was made for him in Russia was very heavy and uncomfortable. In 2009, Happy Families International raised funds for Ivan to come to the US for a surgery and orthopedic treatment. The surgery went very well, and soon after, Ivan got a new prosthetic leg. Now Ivan is walking and pursuing a university degree in Russia.