Sunday, November 25, 2018

Jaxon


Jaxon, four years old

This smiling four-year-old is Jaxon. “Our sweet boy  . . . truly a miracle and blessing,” says his mom, Brittany.

Jaxon was born at twenty-three weeks. He weighed one pound, four ounces, so small he could be held in one hand. Jaxon spent the first six months of his life in intensive care.


Baby Jaxon born four months prematurely

Those are the statistics, but they’re not the sum of Jaxon’s life. He’s a pre-kindergartener with a love for horses, and horses are what are helping Jaxon overcome some of the developmental delays a preemie like him has to deal with: speech difficulties, fine and gross motor skill delays, and developmental delays. Jaxon has had multiple eye surgeries, and continues to work on balance and muscle strength.

It’s exhausting work for a little guy. He’s worked hard in clinical settings, but on a horse . . . well, therapy delivered while a child is riding a horse isn’t work - it’s fun! Underneath all the fun, though, real work is going on inside Jaxon’s body. The horse’s movement mimics the movement of the human pelvis, and the neural and muscular pathways respond to that movement. Speech and vocabulary improve, Jaxon’s core is strengthened and he builds skill upon skill with each hippotherapy session.


Jaxon, ready to ride

Jacob’s Fund is so happy to provide Jaxon with a hippotherapy ridership. He’s come so far since he entered the world way too early. He’s still on a journey to meet developmental milestones and gain strength, and Jacob’s Fund wanted to be a part of that.

Your donation to Jacob’s Fund’s fundraiser on Giving Tuesday will guarantee that we can continue to help Jaxon and the eleven other children with developmental impairments Jacob’s Fund is currently supporting with hippotherapy and therapeutic riding. It takes only a few seconds to make a donation on our Facebook Page - Jacob Beachy Fund – using the Donate button. Your donation makes a life-changing difference for children

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Cowboy Moshe, Overcoming Odds and Giving Back



 Moshe just after arriving at his new home   



Moshe, 2nd day at home


December 1, 2002. A little boy, not quite a year old, finds himself in a new home. Linda, his new mom, bathed him and then rocked him all night that first night. He looked frightened and wary. 

Moshe was born prematurely to a birth mother who used drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. He, in turn, absorbed those same poisons in his mother’s womb. He was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome in 2005. He’s been diagnosed as “mildly intellectually retarded.”

 “I was not sure that Moshe would walk or talk but I did everything I could to help him . . .  “ She has two other children. All are adopted, and all have special needs.

Moshe, cowboy at heart

Today Moshe is “my sports/gadget/techie kid.” He’s good at math, though he needs to improve in reading to be at grade level. Moshe loves sports despite his medical challenges. He’s also his mom’s “natural born cowboy,” who loves his therapy horse, Ace, at McKenna Farms. He hopes to be part of the farm’s Equestrian Special Olympics team.


Moshe, riding Ace 

With three children who need therapy and who have multiple physical impairments that require medical attention frequently, Linda cannot afford the cost of therapeutic riding, though it means so much to Moshe. So Jacob’s Fund has begun covering the cost for Moshe’s sessions.

Though funds are limited, Linda and Moshe have found a way to give back. They’re now volunteers at McKenna Farms, cleaning out horse stalls. While it’s not the most glamorous volunteer activity, the extra time at the farm gives Moshe an opportunity to spend more time with the horses he loves.

We talked with Moshe’s mom this week. This is what she had to say:
“Thank you for your support. I greatly appreciate that Moshe has been given this opportunity of a lifetime which will shape his life. Thank you.”

We hope Moshe’s victories warm your heart as much as they do ours here at Jacob’s Fund. Next Tuesday, November 27, is Giving Tuesday on Facebook; We will create a fundraiser that day to help cover the costs of Moshe’s therapeutic riding, as well as hippotherapy and therapeutic riding for the eleven other children Jacob’s Fund is currently supporting . It takes only a few seconds to make a donation on our Facebook Page - Jacob Beachy Fund – using the Donate button. Your donation makes a life-changing difference for children. We hope you'll donate next Tuesday.