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I wanted to share this Quality of Life story from a 2nd Cycle 2011 grantee. Providence Child Center in Portland, Oregon received a grant of $5,000 to support the durable medical equipment loaner program.
One of the pieces of equipment purchased with the funds was a special walker that helps with therapies designed for maximizing outcomes for children with paralysis and mobility impairments. Clara is shown using the walker in her home, and the note from her father expresses her parents' gratitude to the Reeve Foundation.
Director of Quality of Life Grants
FROM CLARA'S DAD:
Please tell the Reeves Foundation that we are incredibly grateful for the use of this device. Clara is growing fast and this walker lets us work with her every day on walking and balance exercises. Instead of one physical therapy session a week, she gets seven! Each time we go into our physical therapy sessions they are amazed at her progress. I am convinced her progress comes from the intensive, daily exercise she gets to improve her skills.
There is no cure for Clara's neuro developmental issues. Our only hope is intense, constant therapy during these early, high growth years. If we can influence and promote her nervous system to learn and grow, we have every hope that she may some day become a joyful, capable person with the motor skills and brain capacity needed to live on her own. We believe these early years are critical to her long term success. We can't thank you and the Foundation enough for making this equipment available to us.
Thanks for your hard work on this.
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