NEW BERLIN, Wis. — At Children's Wisconsin New Berlin Clinic, two-year-old Elliot Rusher is getting fitted for her first electric-powered set of wheels.
It's a special day for her mother Beth, too.
"It's important to me because it provides my daughter with the same opportunities that a normal kid would have," Rusher says.
Elliot has hypotonic cerebral palsy which means she has a harder time pushing peddles and she struggles with balance.
Through a program called Go Baby Go Milwaukee, a team of physical and occupational therapists from Children's Wisconsin work together with engineers from Marquette University to chose a car that is then customized to adapt to Elliot's needs.
Elizabeth Conrath is the Physical Therapist lead at Children's Wisconsin or the Go Baby Go program.
"We can give increased opportunities for these children who have special needs or movement concerns, you know, more of a chance to be out with their peers, to engage from a speech standpoint to make cognitive gains to move their body through space and have some autonomy that they never have had before," says Conrath.
The program is dedicated to helping kids with special needs gain more independent mobility through the use of custom motorized cars.
"Go Baby Go [is] 100% donor-run," Conrath says. "So every car, 150 cars that we've given out to families, every single one has been free for the families."
"It means the world's me to be able to provide anything I possibly can provide for my child," says Rusher.
Providing her daughter the gift of mobility - is something you just can't put a price tag on.
Go Baby Go specializes in providing adaptability for children from about nine months up to five years of age.