Allegan man looking to give wheelchair ramp to someone in need

ALLEGAN, Mich. --  A West Michigan man is working to honor a family member who passed away while giving back to the community at the same time.  The effort revolves around a wheelchair ramp and the benefits it can still have for someone.

Mark Zylema of Allegan is hoping to give away a wheelchair ramp for free that belonged to his late brother-in-law, a Vietnam veteran who passed away about a year ago.

“Hopefully there is someone out there that could really appreciate a good wheelchair ramp," said Zylema.

Zylema wants to give the ramp to someone who needs it and can't afford one.

“He’s glad I’m doing it for him," said Zylema. "I just hope there is someone out there can enjoy life a little bit better.”

The ramp is in great condition, he plans to power wash it, and it's easy to set up.

“It’s real nice, all bolts together real easy, it’s all here, it has guard rails around it, you got a nice slow slant going down so you don’t have to worry about going too fast or whatever.”

He's hoping it'll help someone who needs to get in and out of their home easier, like it did for his brother-in-law.

"I wasn’t looking to sell it or anything," said Zylema. "I’m just trying to help someone out that needs it out there.”

If you're interested in the wheelchair ramp, contact Mark Zylema at 269-993-0703.

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9 comments

    • Marissa Zylema

      This is his daughter, you have to realize that since this aired he has already received thousands of phone calls. He doesn’t have a Facebook, he’s very old school haha. We as a family have been going through every message on here and phone calls that he has received to pick a family. It is not a scam and I apologize that we have not seen you’re comments or calls. Please do not be so quick to judge, he’s trying to do a good thing by giving back to a family in need!

  • Jenny Julien

    I was excited just for a chance to have a ramp for my wheelchair and scooter. Now it seems a sad joke.

    • Manda Jane

      I doubt that he woke up one day & decided it’d be funny to set everything up with the news channel, record the video, post his name & phone #, then air this… all for a good laugh. Js.

  • April

    My fiance has MS and could really truly use this ramp. He currently crawls up and down the stairs. This is very painful on his knees. Please consider him.

  • Tondya

    My bestfriend could use the ramp. She has been through so much in life. Got hit by a drunk driver and from a woman texting and driving. Dawn is wheelchair bound. I would love to get this for her.

  • Kelly Haga

    I tried to leave a voicemail, however it did not go through. If the ramp is still available my family could use it very much. My 14 year old is severely multiply handicapped. The ramp we have now is dangerous and needs badly to be replaced. In addition, my mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, she is in a wheelchair and I would love for her to be able to come in the house to see her family.