LCSO Explorer Camp Teens Build Ramp for Woman

By: Charlene Cristobal
June 12, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Walking up Trailblazer Drive, you could hear the sounds of hammers banging, hand saws running and teens laughing. But it wasn't a party, it was teens from the Leon County Sheriff's Office Youth Explorer Camp building a wheelchair ramp for a Tallahassee resident.

The teens teamed up with Ability First to build a ramp for 30 year old Stacy Knight, who suffers from brain cancer. She's been having difficulty getting in and out of her house whenever she's in a wheelchair.

"It'll help me with walking," Stacy Knight says. "I just appreciate having a rump built because you never know what might happen."

Stacy and her mother were at the hospital while the ramp was being built at their home. They returned to over 20 girls standing on their newly built ramp.

Mary Knight, Stacy's mother says, "If we need it after any other medical surgery is needed, it'll just be something we can look back on and say, 'God is good all the time.'"

But the ramp wasn't the only thing the girls were building. They were also building leadership and communication skills.

Naomi Ajanku, a teen a part of the Explorer Camp says, "I learned to communicate better and give back instead of just taking stuff because, I think it's very good for us to learn stuff." Another teen Explorer, Aireka Ward says, "I didn't only come here for a camp but I actually helped someone."

The LCSO Camp teams and Ability First team up once a year to build ramps for disabled residents. The Knight's ramp is the 57th built by the team.

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