Children's Hospital Colorado

Giving New Life to the Red Wagons

Aurora Sentinel | May 18, 2016
Two volunteers in bright blue polo shirts stand with the red wagons available at Children's Hospital Colorado.

One of Children’s Hospital Colorado’s most recognizable features is our red Radio Flyer wagons. These wagons are often used in place of a wheelchair to “help us facilitate the healing process by allowing kids to get out of their room,” says Kathleen McBride, who manages volunteers at the hospital.

But what happens when the red wagons break? Just ask 72-year-old Bill Kosci.

Repairing the radio flyers

A volunteer wearing a bright blue Children's Hospital Colorado polo fixes a red wagon.Bill and his wife Linda began volunteering at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2007 after moving there for retirement. Bill was initially drawn to fixing the wagons because he is mechanically inclined and saw so many in disrepair in a hospital storage room. Over the last 10 years, Bill says he has repaired hundreds if not thousands of Radio Flyers. What's more, Bill and Linda also volunteer every Monday at the hospital’s sixth floor playroom.

Read how Bill first got involved with volunteering at Children’s Colorado on the Aurora Sentinel.

Photo by Alyson McClaran, courtesy of the Aurora Sentinel