Roger West, founder of WOW, past away last week - we are forever grateful for his vision and generosity.

Man Who Started Colorado Boardwalk For Disabled Dies

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By Brian Maass

(CBS4) – Roger West, the founder of a groundbreaking boardwalk that allowed the disabled access to the Colorado outdoors, died last week.

“His mantra in his life was to leave no one out,” said his wife, Byron West. “He accomplished this in true fashion with Wilderness on Wheels.”

Roger West founded Wilderness on Wheels in 1986 with steely determination and just a few volunteers. His goal was to construct a wooden boardwalk up the side of a Colorado mountain so those confined to wheelchairs, their caregivers and other physically disabled outdoor lovers could enjoy the outdoors.

West was motivated by discovering his father’s disability would make it impossible for him to enjoy the wilderness.

CBS4 first reported on the project near Kenosha Pass in 1989 and it soon gained widespread national exposure and acclaim.

 

West and his band of volunteers were eventually able to complete a full mile of an 8 foot wide boardwalk traversing a 12,000 foot Colorado mountain. The facility features fishing ponds, camping sites, huts and cabins, all wheelchair accessible.

During the summer of 2015, Wilderness on Wheels hosted 1,500 visitors.

“He succeeded beyond his dreams as his own model grew in scope and influence,” said Byron West.

LINK: wildernessonwheels.org

Roger West died last Thursday after a long battle with prostate cancer.

He was at peace, said his wife, and ready to move on. Family and friends say his influence will continue as his vision of providing access to nature for the disabled has spread since he started Wilderness on Wheels.

“His mission was to stimulate others to do the same and he accomplished this goal. He accomplished this in true fashion with Wilderness on Wheels.”

CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass has been with the station more than 30 years uncovering waste, fraud and corruption. Follow him on Twitter @Briancbs4.

Colorado nonprofit in its 30th year of bringing wilderness experience to the disabled

By: Kelsey Kendall kelsey.kendall@gazette.com 

 July 4, 2016 Updated: July 4, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Grant - Tucked away in the mountains northwest of Colorado Springs is a rustic patch of land not dissimilar to many other areas in the state. Until you look closer.

At 9,200 feet, the beautiful stands of aspen and Ponderosa pine aren't surprising. Neither are the fishing pond and the abundant wildlife.

What sets this wilderness area apart is the mile-long boardwalk that runs through it, bringing an experience so often taken for granted to a segment of the population that typically is limited when it comes to the outdoors.

Wilderness on Wheels, a nonprofit propped up by a host of volunteers, offers a unique setting for those with disabilities to enjoy nature.

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Engineering a better world for the disabled

GOOGLE’S PHILANTHROPIC ARM, Google.org, has been making a big global push this year to aid the one billion people around the world living with disabilities. To further that goal, it’s just awarded $20 million to the 30 nonprofits it believes could benefit most from its tech and data-driven approach to charitable giving. From open source electric wheelchairs to multi-lingual keyboards you can control with eye-tracking technology, the chosen projects focus on solutions for disabled people in five main categories: education, communication, mobility, independence, and employment.

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Beautiful Handmade Quilt Drawing- benefits WOW!

Enter by March 31st, Winner drawn on May 1st

For all of our great sponsors, volunteers and visitors who have supported WOW over the past 30 years, we have a great chance for you to win a beautiful, handmade, king size quilt for your home. If you wish to support WOW with a monetary gift this spring, we will put your name in for the drawing of the quilt on April lst.  For every $50 donated, via check, credit card, PayPal, etc., you will have one chance for the quilt, so of course if you feel you would like to donate more, you will receive more chances to win.

Handmade quilt by Barb Cramer

Handmade quilt by Barb Cramer

 We just need to have you send your generous donation, along with your telephone number and address to: PO Box 1007, Wheatridge CO  80034, by the end of March.  You will be contacted by telephone or via mail, if you win the quilt, and we will either deliver or mail it to you with a week of the drawing.

Thanks again to all of you for your generous support over the past thirty years and good luck in the drawing!