If you know me, you know that I don’t stay focused for too long on any one task. I sat down to write this blog post an hour ago, but I got sucked into the internet. I ran across a really delicious fig recipe, which I’m hoping my parents will try with the figs from their fig tree. Hint. Hint.
I digress. To the point: We are raising money for the Perlman Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati Children’s is having its annual walk, one of it’s biggest fundraisers, on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Cincinnati Zoo. Josh and I have created two teams (Union Savings/Guardian Savings Team Jackson and Fifth Third Bank Team Jackson Vanzant).
Jackson just started his second year at the Perlman Center, which is an intensive therapy center for special needs children. Jackson receives physical, speech and occupational therapies at the Perlman Center. He’s there twice a week, two hours at a time. This summer he got to experience aqua therapy through the Perlman Center.
This is Jackson at aqua therapy. All the kids wear neck floats to keep their heads above the water. He also has 1/2 lb. ankle weights on each ankle for resistance and to keep his legs from floating to the surface. In the picture, Jackson is walking across a platform in the water.
What have we accomplished with the help of Cincinnati Children’s over the past year?
- Jackson’s seizures are under control (knock on wood).
- His eye doctor prescribed glasses, which help him see better, which leads to my next point…
- He recognizes his parents and family members!
- He’s drinking from a cup! Yes, a cup!
- Jackson likes to watch cartoons!
- He’s vocalizing and making a lot of different sounds!
- He likes to play!
- He’s eating more food.
- He’s able to experience technologically advanced non-verbal communication, such as eye gaze.
- We received help in getting a wheelchair and a stander.
We’ve had such a great experience at Cincinnati Children’s and the Perlman Center that we want to give back. We’re also very lucky to have a great resource in our city and we don’t have to travel far to get the services and medical support that Jackson needs.
Please consider sponsoring us. You can click on the Team Jackson links above and donate online or you can read about other ways to give here. All donations are tax deductible.
To steal words from the Walk: Cincinnati Walks for Kids is more than just a fundraiser – it’s a great day of family fun and celebration, all for a great cause. Now, more than ever, each of us can make a difference in the life of a special needs child. With your help, we can change the outcome for kids – one step at a time.