Saturday, July 28, 2018

David's Letter




This letter brought me to a tear-filled standstill.

 In the midst of a busy spring and summer for Jacob’s Fund (thanks to you, we’re providing more Jacob’s Fund riderships than ever before!)  We’d slipped into a flurry of activity without having time to let each child’s individual story sink in. We have a request – do we have an application? How about the necessary documentation? Did we have a conversation with the parent? The therapist? While processing requests never becomes simply a matter of checking all the boxes, the need to do things right (and right now) with as many as twenty-five children current Jacob’s Fund Kids has kept us hustling.

David and Applejack

 It’s overwhelming to think about the number of children with desperate needs to learn to walk, feed themselves, write their names, speak, and interact with others.   

The process takes time, but we move as quickly as possible, because, as Georgia’s program to that provides support to families of children with special needs says, babies (and children) can’t wait!



We’re never in doubt that the kids who receive hippotherapy or therapeutic riding benefit greatly. We know that they stop banging their heads against car doors on the way home after a session on a horse. We know they delight their families when they begin talking and expanding their vocabulary. We know they begin to interact with siblings and schoolmates.  

We know that, but . . . nothing says it like this letter from a child who has had more than his share of hard knocks in life.



David and Mom, Saundra

David is thirteen. His mom adopted him when he was two. When he was three, he was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome.

I cannot express the heartbreak I feel hearing that.

A few weeks ago, David finished up a week of camp at McKenna Farms. During that week he had the opportunity to ride the therapy horses. It was transforming. His therapist determined he was definitely ready for therapeutic riding. We agreed.’

Thank you for your letter, David. We’re thrilled that you are calm and happy when you are riding a horse.  May you ride many happy miles.


Want to help? You can ensure that this little boy is able to continue therapeutic riding. We now have an easy way to make your donation. Please go to our Facebook page, Jacob Beachy Fund (https://www.facebook.com/JacobBeachyFund) and click the DONATE button (it’s just below Jacob’s name at the top).

Or, if you prefer, send your check to:

Jacob’s Fund
1630 Tipperary Dr.
Middletown, Ohio 45042-3875

Thank you for your caring support. 100% of all donations to Jacob’s Fund go to the children we sponsor

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Eli's Peace


Eli

We always want you to know what we are doing at Jacob’s Fund with the money you donate to provide hippotherapy and therapeutic riding to children with developmental impairments whose families are unable to pay for using a horse as a therapy tool. 

But we feel that knowing why we do it is easily as important. Visitors to our site, Jacobsfund.blogspot.com and our Facebook page, Jacob Beachy Fund, know that we carry in our heart our beautiful grandson, Jacob Noah Beachy, and it fills us beyond measure. It is his spirit, his kindness, his love that we want to pass on to other children. Because he loved hippotherapy at McKenna Farms, Jacob’s Fund covers the cost of using horses in therapy, which is not covered by private or public insurance, at McKenna Farms and other therapy centers

There is a reason Jacob loved McKenna Farms, where he rode “his” horse, Major. Members of our Mission Teams from Christ United Methodist Church express their feeling that McKenna Farms is a special place, a place of tranquility even in the midst of a bustling farm therapy center. There is hope, and there is joy.

 We have tried to convey that feeling and atmosphere, but this week we received a letter that says it far better, from a mom whose son, we are pleased to announce, now has a Jacob’s Fund ridership at the farm:

 Hello,

Beginning early last year, my son, Eli, who has diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Type One Diabetes, depression and anxiety, and other anomalies, began taking therapeutic riding at McKenna Farms. A loving grandparent was paying for him to ride twice a month until over the summer, when she retired. As many other families with special kiddos do, we stretch every dollar while trying to provide the support our son needs to thrive.

We love McKenna Farms and the staff, and especially the animals. We still stop by occasionally to say hello to his favorite horse, Gizmo. Eli loves that he and Gizmo neither like to shower and bringing Gizmo a carrot or an apple is a treat for both. Eli’s entire demeanor changes when we hop out of the car at the farm. He is suddenly calmer, more focused and driven . . . it’s like a peace washes over him while he is there. This makes me so happy.



Eli's Horse, Gizmo

Eli’s entire demeanor changes when we hop out of the car at the farm. He is suddenly calmer, more focused and driven . . . it’s like a peace washes over him while he is there. This makes me so happy.
    
          
Eli, Indoor Arena, Therapeutic Riding

We would love to provide Eli with therapeutic riding again. We would love to spend more time on the farm as well. There are few to no sports or activities that Eli has truly enjoyed like riding. We are not in a position to pay for lessons weekly or even biweekly and would appreciate any support you could lend us.

Thank you for your consideration,


Eli’s Mom

Want to help? You can ensure that this little boy is able to continue therapeutic riding. We now have an easy way to make your donation. Please go to our Facebook page, Jacob Beachy Fund (https://www.facebook.com/JacobBeachyFund) and click the DONATE button (it’s just below Jacob’s name at the top).

Or, if you prefer, send your check to:

Jacob’s Fund
1630 Tipperary Dr.
Middletown, Ohio 45042-3875

Thank you for your caring support. 100% of all donations to Jacob’s Fund go to the children we sponsor