Toddlers Received Vehicles Retrofitted by Axalta and GoBabyGo! to
Help Them Become Independently Mobile
HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Employees of Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global
manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, in collaboration with
GoBabyGo!, a national program from the University of Delaware that
empowers children with disabilities to become independently mobile
through the use of custom-fitted motorized vehicles, retrofitted and
presented six families with toy cars that address each toddler’s
specific mobility needs. During the event, employees met with each child
and his/her family to identify vehicle customization needs and then
celebrated as the children took their first lap in their new ride.
“We are honored to take part in such a heartwarming experience that is
rewarding for our employees as well as the families involved,” said
Michael Bollan, Axalta North America Business Director. “Working with
the GoBabyGo! organization provides an opportunity for our team to use
their science and technology skills in a creative way, while helping
families from our own community.”
The vehicles were decorated to match the unique personality of each
child and then test driven for fit and comfort by the children.
Retrofitted cars promote independent mobility, which helps to develop
cognitive, social, motor, and language skills in younger children who
are not able to freely move on their own.
GoBabyGo! began in 2006 at the University of Delaware as a program
created by Dr. Cole Galloway to give children with spina bifida,
cerebral palsy, down syndrome and other mobility disabilities the
opportunity to socialize and move around with their siblings and peers.
The program connects local clinics across the United States who have
children in need with sponsors who create free custom GoBabyGo! cars as
a team building exercise.
“The same joy and excitement experienced by every dancer or musician,
astronaut or athlete can be seen in newly mobile children,” said Dr.
Galloway. “Fun is key here — it unlocks brain development and
exploratory drive for the child, and it ignites active, engaged play
from adults and peers.”
To learn more about GoBabyGo! please visit www.udel.edu/gobabygo/.
About Axalta Coating Systems
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providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable
solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish
applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings
are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the
materials we coat to last longer. With more than 150 years of experience
in the coatings industry, the approximately 12,800 people of Axalta
continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130
countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems
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