Valley Children’s Hospital will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday for its new outdoor pediatric rehabilitation mobility course that was proposed by a former patient as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project.
Liam Niewohner, a Boy Scout diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, came up with the idea for a mobility course last year when he had difficulty adjusting to maneuvering in his wheelchair.
The Fresno Regional Foundation helped secure a $75,000 grant from the Barrett Family Foundation Fund, and a local architect and general contractor contributed about $30,000 in labor. Niewohner also raised $4,000.
The course, which spans the size of a tennis court, will help pediatric patients with spinal cord injuries and orthopedic conditions learn how to navigate with wheelchairs and crutches.