A Message from Steve
One of the first things you’ll notice about me visually is that I’m in a wheelchair, and have Cerebral Palsy. Then you’ll get to know me as a person, and you’ll see how little CP defines who I am. Over the years, I’ve learned to not only live with my disability, but to thrive, and I want to ensure that others have the same opportunity.
I started the Wampler Foundation in 2002 with my incredible wife Elizabeth so that children with disabilities could be active participants in programs and activities that are centered around the great outdoors. We have since enabled thousands of kids with physical disabilities and often economic limitations to experience the joys and camaraderie of programs that push each child to discover how capable they really are and to expect a big life ahead.
I soon realized that we were only getting started. We have big plans to expand our youth programs nationwide and internationally, in order to help more kids lead full and ambitious lives, despite physical obstacles. I knew I needed to do something to show what I could do, as a role model to others with disabilities, as well as to raise awareness for our efforts.