Mud Buddies Offer Safe and Fun ATV Activities for Children with Special Needs

Mike and Susie Rasmussen together with their family, friends, and supporters have put up Mud Buddies Foundation — a nonprofit organization that provides fun family outdoor experiences for children with special needs. Mud Buddies provides guided ATV rides for children with autism, Down Syndrome, and other disabilities — the Rasmussens personally assure all families who avail of this free activity that all their vehicles are safe to use.

Mike and Susie decided to put together the foundation after a deeply disappointing experience with one of their friends’ children, who was unable to join the family ATV excursion just because she was born with Down Syndrome. Determined not to exclude any special child from similar outdoor activities ever again, the couple pooled their resources and called on family and friends to help.

The couple both have extensive background in first-aid and rescue, which gave them the skills and the confidence to create and maintain the program. They currently operate on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails throughout Mingo, Boone and Logan counties. The Rasmussens tailor every ride to each child’s preferences, as well as take into consideration physical limitations and health conditions. One parent or caregiver is required to accompany the child, however Mud Buddies encourages all family members to join the ride.

For bookings and other inquiries, please call Mike or Susie Rasmussen at 607-745-4185.