Sunday, July 19, 2020

Corbin, Beating the Odds

Corbin grooming his horse

We met five-year old Corbin,and his mom on a beautiful Thursday evening in the serene countryside in southwestern Ohio that Triangle Therapy Services calls home.

As Corbin prepared his horse for the session – helping taking the horse from the stall, grooming him, completing all the necessary steps, we watched him carefully follow the pictured directions in order while we talked with his mom.

Corbin had been up since 6:30 a.m. and spent the entire day undergoing a series of tests at a hospital almost two hours from home.  Mom said she could tell he was tired, but at 8:15 p.m. he had completed dozens of exercises his therapist had designed for him, including doing sit-ups and holding his hands in the air – all while balancing on the horse, laughing and smiling.  And he still had enough energy to play on the swings and the slide in the playground when hippotherapy was over.

Therapy = fun on a horse

This lively little boy filled us with joy, especially knowing how his story could be so much different.

Erin and Josh, Corbin’s mom and dad, know all too well how life can change in a flash. In the summer of 2019, Josh was preparing dinner; Erin, an Occupational Therapy Assistant, hadn’t arrived home from work.  

Corbin asked his dad if he could go outside. Josh told him no, because dinner was almost ready. But Corbin, four at the time, slipped out the door, and headed to the family’s pool.  By the time Josh discovered Corbin was gone and found him, he was not breathing. Little Corbin had suffered a near-drowning.

The traumatic brain injury which resulted carried a very dire prognosis: doctors told Erin and Josh that Corbin wouldn’t be able to walk or talk, and that he would probably have to spend the rest of his life in an institution.

Still hard at work after a long day

Erin was familiar with hippotherapy as a result of her training. When she found that Triangle Therapy Services, just twenty minutes from their home, offered hippotherapy, she was thrilled. Pairing Corbin with a horse as a therapy tool seemed natural; Corbin loves animals – he has a dog named Sadie and his family is planning to get a new puppy.  He loves hippotherapy. It has allowed him to experience continuous improvement with his balance and fine and gross motor skills.

“Now he’s doing all those things they said he would never do,” Erin told us. Indeed he is, and Jacob’s Fund is thrilled to be able to fund a scholarship for his hippotherapy this summer.

We hope you’re as happy as we at Jacob’s Fund are to learn about the progress Corbin has made and continues to make. We welcome your comments and hope that you will consider a donation to Jacob’s Fund that will ensure that Corbin can continue hippotherapy.

 It’s easy – just go to our page, Jacob Beachy Fund, on Facebook, and click on the Donate button.  It takes only a few seconds, and you will know that you have made a positive change in the life of a child.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Miller, Back in the Saddle

Miller, all beautiful smiles

We at Jacob’s Fund find getting to know the children we provide scholarships to and their families greatly rewarding. We have missed that these past few months

During the months of Covid-19 closures, both our partner facilities, McKenna Farms in Dallas, Georgia, and Triangle Therapy Services in Eaton, Ohio, have been providing telehealth therapy while working hard to ready their therapy centers for in-person therapy. In June, both centers had completed modifications and put in place safety protocols, including mask-wearing and sanitizing procedures, so that hippotherapy and therapeutic riding could resume.

So we were excited to meet Miller and his family at Triangle Therapy Services early this week to watch his hippotherapy session. “How will we recognize him?” we asked Triangle’s director, Margi Benge.

“Well, he’s an adorable little blond boy,” Margi told us.


Miller with his speech therapy team

She is so right. Miller is seven, and, as his mom, Holly, describes him, “a fun little guy.” In the outdoor arena, Miller’s smile lit up his face and lifted our spirits every time he rode past us on Dusty, his horse. Miller’s speech therapy includes identifying objects, retrieving them, and placing them where he is directed. While these and other exercises on the horse expand his vocabulary and improve his speaking ability, they also increase his core strength, balance, and motor skills.

Born with cerebral palsy and severe gastrointestinal problems, Miller receives occupational and physical therapy as well as speech therapy. He enjoys living on a farm with his mom and dad and brother Andy.

Miller's family

Miller tried hippotherapy for the first time last summer and it was very beneficial. Since then, he’s grown, and he continues to improve. This summer’s hippotherapy will ensure that he has the opportunity to make even further strides.

Jacob’s Fund provides scholarships for hippotherapy and therapeutic riding to children like Miller. We are glad to see them back in the saddle. Your caring support helps these children live their best possible lives. Donating to Jacob’s Fund takes only a few seconds: please go to our Facebook page, Jacob Beachy Fund, and click the “Donate” button. No donation is too small, and you’ll know that you are making a positive change for Miller. Thank you.  

Watch this space later this week to meet two more children who are receiving scholarships for hippotherapy this summer at Triangle Therapy Services.   

Monday, July 13, 2020

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