- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cerebral Vascular Accident (stroke)
- Developmental Delay
- Down Syndrome
- Functional Spinal Curvature (scoliosis)
- Learning or Language Disabilities
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Inside the ring they watched Leslie, a four-year-old child who was born with Down syndrome, the most common genetic cause of severe learning disabilities in children. She’s been coming to McKenna Farms for three years and in that time she’s had tremendous gains in all developmental areas attributed to her work on her favorite horse, Jasmine.
Leslie riding her favorite horse, Jasmine
She looked darling in her riding helmet as she rode atop the horse while her therapist walked alongside her. Occasionally, her therapist stopped the horse to allow Leslie to review words for colors and pause before a change of pace on the horse. After the questions were answered, Leslie resumed riding, smiling with satisfaction from her own sense of accomplishment and the words of acknowledgement from the therapist. It is through exercises like this that Leslie's cognitive ability as well as her nerve and muscle function are stimulated.
This sweet little girl, who is a joy to all around her, has benefited from Jacob’s Fund in the past. Due to Jacob's Fund's rotating scholarship, it is it’s her turn again. Why rotate the scholarships? Because nearly 90 percent of the children at McKenna Farms are Medicaid patients with little to no financial means for this type of therapy. By rotating the scholarships among the children most in need at McKenna Farms, each has the opportunity for additional sessions.
Your gift to a child
The Red Thread Promise feels blessed that we have been able to help ten children with Jacob’s Fund monies, but it’s apparent from our conversation with Jessica that so much more is needed. Please consider a gift to Jacob’s Fund to help children like Leslie receive therapy at McKenna Farms, a life-changing gift that enables children to function in their daily lives.
Here’s what your gift can mean:
- $180 pays for one hippotherapy session
- $100 covers barn fees for one horse for a month
- $90, combined with an equal gift, provides one session for a child
- $25 covers one week’s barn fees for one horse
May 21, 2010 would have been Jacob's 6th birthday. He adored his horse and therapists at McKenna Farms. A memorial gift of $60 will help another child enjoy the same great experience. (Read more about Jacob's experience at McKenna Farms in the next post.)
Your tax deductible gift can be made through PayPal (button on the right) or by sending a check to:
The Red Thread Promise
4027 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70117