Help make a difference in the life of a child with special needs by supporting Special Strides and The Steven Werthan Memorial Fund.
As many of you know, we are the parents of a child with special needs. As such, we know first hand the heartache, helplessness, and financial strain that comes hand in hand with a disabling diagnosis - whether it be cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, or the many other developmental challenges that our "special" children face every day.
I am writing to you today to tell you about a wonderful organization that is right here in New Jersey. In fact, for many of you it is your own backyard. Special Strides is a wonderful organization that is devoted to improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities. With a unique combination of horses, therapy, and a touch of magic, Special Strides is able to achieve therapeutic goals in an atmosphere that is all about fun. It is their goal to be able to provide all children, regardless of their financial status, the opportunity to experience the magic of riding through the woods on horseback, throwing rocks in a running stream, or pulling "tickle bushes" from the ground.
When I think back more than ten years to when Eliza was one of Special Strides earliest riders, I now see the potential that Laurie and Susie saw from the beginning. She has come a long way
from the 1 pound 5 ounce preemie who spent the first four months of her life in the NICU! Today she is a loving and engaging teenager. From feeding tubes and respirators, through a seizure disorder, visual impairment and cerebral palsy, she confidently sits up straight on her horse for an hour every week all the while regaling the therapists and volunteers with whatever the topic of the day is! Despite the many obstacles and challenges that she has faced along the way (and will undoubtedly continue to face in the future), she continues to amaze us. We are grateful to the therapists and volunteers at Special Strides for the role they continue to play in her development.
Special Strides' largest fundraiser of the year is fast approaching, the Annual Barn Benefit Dance on Saturday, October 16th.
All proceeds go to benefit Special Strides and the Steven Werthan Memorial Schlarship Fund. Here is how you can help make a difference in the life of a child with special needs. I am asking you to please make a pledge to help us reach our goal to raise a minimum of $500.00.
If you are interested just check off the amount you are comfortable donating and follow the steps.
Thank you so much for your support and generosity!