Miller. Hard at Work
|Miller enjoying his job|
Miller was born with cerebral palsy and severe gastrointestinal problems. He’s undergone an ileostomy and he uses a wheelchair. At eight, he’s been doing therapy for years, and has received hippotherapy for the last two summers. He’s in physical therapy at Triangle this summer, strengthening his core muscles tonight, including lots of reaching and stretching across Paco, his horse. These exercises improve Miller’s balance, strength, and coordination. It’s quite a workout, as Paco moves at a trot, and Miller gives it his all.
Miller’s family lives an hour away. Families of children with developmental impairments often drive their children long distances to a therapy center that is certified to provide hippotherapy: physical, occupational, and speech therapy provided using the horse as a therapy tool. All of his family are here tonight, but Miller’s other weekly therapies are provided in Cincinnati, more than two hours away from their home, and that task usually falls to Mom.
When the evening’s therapy is complete, Miller and Paco return to the barn. Miller’s wheelchair is waiting at the door, and he climbs in and rolls up the ramp. Inside, he carefully returns his helmet to the tack room.
As a supporter of Jacob’s Fund, you’re helping children like Miller, with developmental impairments, reach their highest potential and live richer, fulfilling lives. As someone has said, “. . . At the end . . . it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better.” We can all share in that. Donating to Jacob’s Fund is easy and takes only a few seconds: just go to our Facebook page, Jacob Beachy Fund, and click the “Donate” button. Or, if you’d like, you can send a check to:
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