Little Red Wagon Program

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From The Worshipful Master
I spoke to Roger today regarding the Red Wagon Program in general, and more specifically the 3 wagons donated by Nelms. Currently, one wagon has been donated to Scottish Rite hospital. Roger saw it in use, and spoke to the parents of a little boy utilizing the wagon. They loved the idea and were extremely grateful to Roger and Nelms. Another wagon to be used at Cobb will be donated soon. Roger spoke to the contact person at the hospital last week and they are trying to organize a date/time for a photo op and to donate the wagon. The 3rd will be donated on July 7th at Kennestone.

Regarding the program in general, Roger is astounded at the increase in requests since his story was on Channel 11 a few weeks ago. A hospital in Miami submitted a request for 30 wagons. He has requests from as far away as Utah. I informed him that the brethren of Nelms would be willing to help him assemble wagons if he became overwhelmed. I also invited him to attend our flag retirement ceremony to again get in front of people that would support his program.

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Little Red Wagon Program

** Update 05 APR 2015** from the WM ** I spoke with Roger today. . .  

** Update 24 DEC 2014** from the WM **  Roger stated that we could donate 1 wagon to all 3 hospitals. We will attend the pediatric ICU dedication ceremony at Kennestone in March 2015, where we will officially donate our wagon to the hospital at that time. Roger will assist in coordinating the donations to the other 2 hospitals around the same time, and he will provide an update ASAP.

** Update 11 DEC 2014 ** The ceremony for the red wagons will be held at Kennestone in March 2015 for the opening of their new Pediatric ICU unit.  Members from Nelms Lodge are encouraged to attend to show support for our community and to hand over the wagon that was purchased by the lodge for the hospital. (The exact date will be forthcoming and posted on our calendar).

**Anouncement ** 

According to donations from our Dec 8th meeting, Nelms initially pledged to purchase 2 red wagons to be placed at the Scottish Rite/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Kennestone.  However, a brother stated that he would purchase another red wagon so that we have a total of 3, and the 3rd to be placed at Cobb Wellstar.  

WM Weldon has emailed Roger Leggett and informed him that we will be purchasing 3 red wagons, asked him when the ceremonies will take place, and if it would be possible to place 1 wagon at each of the 3 aforementioned hospitals.

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MDJ Article

Little Red Wagon - Nelms Lodge to Donate 3 Wagons to local Hospitals

ATLANTA — Anyone who’s been hospitalized knows the challenges of maneuvering while hooked to an IV pole.
Roger Leggett, an expediter for Lockheed Martin, believes he has found a solution. With help from students at Chattahoochee Technical College, Leggett has designed a wagon with an IV pole attachment. The red wagon, he hopes, will make a big difference for children and families moving around hospitals. 

In 2011, Leggett’s 7-year-old granddaughter, Felicity Withrow, was diagnosed with brain cancer. After her first surgery, Roger Leggett and his son, Chad Leggett, Felicity’s uncle, saw the need for the wagon invention.

“We were at Scottish Rite after the initial surgery,” Leggett said. “My son and I were on our way to the cafeteria, and we saw a woman trying to help a child with a bandaged head, who had obviously just had some sort of surgery.” 

Leggett, who lives in Pickens County, said he and his son watched as the woman tried to push the bandaged boy into the elevator, pulling the IV pole behind her. When the IV pole nearly fell, “It was all she could do to catch it from falling on top of the child,” he said, noting he could see the stress of the situation. 

“Trying to maneuver both devices was just plain too dangerous for one person, especially a parent distracted by the stress that comes with having a sick child,” Leggett said. 

He said he and his son mulled over a couple of ideas during the hospital visit on how they could design a wagon with an IV pole attachment. 

Leggett discussed design possibilities with friends, who put him in touch with Chattahoochee Technical College. 

“Roger was introduced to me by two gentlemen at Lockheed,” Dave Taylor, a welding instructor at CTC, said.

Taylor agreed to meet with Leggett at the school to discuss the design and to take the lead in fabricating and prototyping several different versions. 

Taylor said his welding class was “constantly evolving” and working on the red wagon IV device was a perfect project for his preparation for industrial management class, which is the final course for a diploma in the welding and joining program. 

Leggett donated his prototype to Scottish Rite on Tuesday. The version isn’t quite finished, said Gary Noland, the hospital’s clinical engineering director. 

“There are still some tweaks needed,” Noland said, including one necessary change to increase the height of the IV pole, because the infusion pump works with gravity. “Even though it’s an electronic pump, your bag has to be 18 inches above to pump itself.”

Noland agrees the red wagon device will benefit patients and families.

“I saw the benefit for it right away,” Noland said. 

Leggett said he hopes to finalize the design and build as many as 40 wagons in the future, with a plaque and a dedication to a child on each one, he said. 

The dedication plaque on the wagon presented Tuesday says “Donated by Beulah Masonic Lodge 698, Dallas, Georgia, in honor of Felicity Withrow and in memory of Chad Leggett.” Roger Leggett said his son died of heat stroke in 2011. 

The Marietta Daily Journal - Chatt Tech students grandfather donate IV prototype to hospital