Mom establishes foundation to aid disabled children
By Adrea Miller
LAWRENCEVILLE — As a single mother of two children diagnosed with a form of muscular
dystrophy, Lynn Robinette knows firsthand the importance of helping the disabled become independent.
In April 2002, Robinette, of Lawrenceville, formed the Wishes 4 Me Foundation. The
nonprofit foundation hopes to help three disabled people become more independent by
making wheelchair accessible modifications to a three-bedroom house in
Lawrenceville by September. Robinette’s two children were diagnosed with Freidriech’s Ataxia in September
1996. Her daughter will be one of the home’s residents.
“The house is located at 143 Towler Road and was purchased on July 19, and we are
finishing up on acquiring the proper permits to proceed with the modifications
required to accommodate disabled adults,” Robinette said. “This is the first
house the foundation has worked on.” In its four years, the foundation has also
sponsored a Walk for Independence in April and raised $7,500 for the disabled.
In 2004, the foundation also put together and sold cookbooks with 250 to 300
recipes, from which the proceeds went toward helping individuals with disabilities.
Robinette said she realizes it will “take a village to raise the home to where it
needs to be in order to make life as comfortable as possible for disabled adults.”
“As a single mother with two disabled adult children with no relatives in the
state of Georgia, I have seen first-hand their desire to live on their own and
have a sense of independence or as much independence they can acquire while
they still can,” Robinette said.
Robinette said the foundation will try to have the modifications completed by
the first week of September.
“The initial project will consist of all required modifications to accommodate
disabled adults living in the house. There will be additional projects to
improve the landscape and shed,” she said. “We need all of the volunteers we
can get, whether they are skilled or unskilled. We have some plumbing work that
needs to be done, tile work, electrical work and much more needed.”
Robinette’s daughter, Robin Cheatwood, and Becca Van Schoick of Athens, who
also suffers Friedreich’s Ataxia, hope to be residents in this newly purchased house.
“As an adult, no one really wants to live at home,” Von Schoick said. “But we
are not all fortunate enough to have the option of living on our own, so the
(foundation) offers an excellent opportunity for people in my situation to
Robinette said the new residence for disabled adults can give the tenants a
sense of pride, independence and a means to have some form of social life.
For more information on the foundation and how to help, call 770-982-0275
or visit www.wishes4me.org.