Two Terrace families benefit from annual Rampathon event

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Two families in Mountlake Terrace received a new ramp this weekend as a part of the Master Builders Association Rampathon on Saturday.

17-year-old Robert Mackinnon is permanently disabled and uses and wheelchair. He needs a ramp to get out to the school bus, DART and wheelchair van. A crew with Ashworth Homes was happy to spend hours in the rain Saturday morning tearing out their old ramp and building a new one.

“This is so cool,” David Kadinger, project manager with Ashworth Homes, said. “The families are so appreciative.”

Irons Brothers Construction also built a ramp for three-year-old Elsa Wall, who has severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

A total of 37 families throughout King and Snohomish counties received the gift of greater mobility through the addition of new ramps during this year’s event — the largest Rampathon in the 23-year history of the event.

Since 1993, more than 370 ramps have been built and $1.7 million of in-kind donations provided, the Master Builders Association said.

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