Helping Drive Kids to Success

A partnership between Mobility for Kids and car dealerships to promote fitness and good health for kids in elementary and middle schools across the U.S.

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John Harmer, the former Lieutenant Governor of California, wants to improve the health of our nation’s children. He envisions all children, especially those with special needs, to be able to participate in fun and beneficial physical education activities.

He is partnering with car dealerships, initially across Utah, Idaho and California, to launch the Helping Drive Kids to Success program. Through this 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Mobility for Kids, dealerships are funding the purchase of award-winning Pumper Cars to donate to their local elementary and middle schools.

Why Pumper Cars?

Because of the Pumper Car’s unique design, children must use their upper and lower extremities to move the car. This provides a vigorous full-body workout as an activity that children love. Almost all children are able to learn how to use Pumper Cars in minutes. The cars are very durable and fully tested as safe to ride. They are designed for children age 5 to 12.

The Columbia-Inland Medical Pumper Car has been designated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as non-measuring exercise device intended for medical purposes. This FDA designation means that if Pumper Cars are prescribed for medical purposes the cost may be covered by health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Additionally, the University of Michigan conducted an institutional review board study that found that Pumper Cars helped increase the duration and intensity of exercise for children with Down syndrome by 182%. Researchers indicated that the therapeutic benefits also would apply to children with other special needs as well. Typically developed children increased their vigorous exercise by 230%. Children’s hospitals and pediatric physical therapists across the U.S. use these cars in programs for children with Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, type 2 diabetes and many other conditions. Importantly, Pumper Cars come with curriculum that meets requirements of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for adapted and regular PE school teachers.

It has been proven that children with special needs who are able to use the same piece of equipment in therapy, at school and at home see dramatic improvements in their physical condition.

Click on the photo or here to watch "The Story of Pumper Cars" video to see them in action and hear testimonials from therapists, teachers and parents. For more information about the Pumper Car and how it benefits children, see the manufacturer’s Web site at

The donations and deliveries of Pumper Cars to schools are adding up.

Special thanks to Droubay Chevrolet, Bradshaw Chevrolet and Stephen Wade Auto Center (who teamed with Toyota USA) for their generous donations of Pumper Cars to schools in Utah.

The program

Every $500 donation to Mobility for Kids from a new car dealership will buy one Pumper Car along with the curriculum. A minimum donation of two Pumper Cars is required for this program.

Benefits to dealerships:

1. All donations are made to Mobility for Kids, 501(c)3 non-profit, so this gift is tax-deductible.

2. For every gift of $1,000 to $24,999, a 4.5” wide x 6.5” tall oval sticker will be placed on each car the dealership donates. This serves as a high-profile marketing investment within their sales regions, as it will be visible to teachers and parents. Stickers will read: “Sponsored by Your Dealership's Name Here.”

3. For gifts of 50 or more Pumper Cars ($25,000+), the 4.5” wide x 6.5” oval stickers will be customized to include the dealer’s logo and marketing slogan.

4. Dealerships will be encouraged to leverage their donations to highlight their local support for children’s health and schools. Mobility for Kids also will seek news media attention for this program.

The program’s goal:

John wishes to place at least two Pumper Cars in every elementary and middle school across the U.S. to make a lasting, measurable improvement in the health of children with special needs, as well as all children.


If you wish to donate by credit card, just let us know on the form below and we'll call you for your card details—or call us at (801) 436-4337.

You also may donate by check to have 100% of your gift (no credit card processing fees) purchase Pumper Cars. Send your dealership information and check to: Mobility for Kids, 422 S. Fifth St., Klamath Falls, OR 97601. 

We will be in touch right away to answer your questions or process your donation. Thank you for your interest in our Drive Kids to Success program.

Honorary Committee Members

Congressman Chris Stewart

Robert Garff (Ken Garff Motors)

Fred Lamppoulos (Merit Medical)

Sharlene Wells Hawkes

Executive Committee

John Harmer, Chairman

Doug Keck

Rob Droubay

Gail Stahle

Doug Beer

Mobility for Kids 
John Harmer, Chairman 
422 S. Fifth St. 
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

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(801) 436-4337