Wednesday, October 3, 2012

JACOB'S FUND :: McKenna Farms part 4

Lauren, a gold medalist in the 2012 Equestrian Special Olympics 

Amidst the weeds, dirt and stain, we were able to observe children receiving hippotherapy as well as those doing therapeutic riding in the outdoor arena. Team members had the opportunity to visit with patients and their families as they arrived, listening to their stories of how this unique therapy has changed the life of their child or grandchild. Their accounts of children learning to balance, to walk, to say words, to form sentences, and achieve a multitude of accomplishments that they never dreamed they were capable of warmed our hearts. These stories affirmed the importance of the scholarships Jacob's Fund provides so that children can receive this life-changing treatment even if their family is undergoing financial hardship.

A young rider receiving hippotherapy

Parents and grandparents thanked our team for what we were doing on behalf of the children, whether they were the recipients of a Jacob's Fund scholarship or not. Team members received hugs and blessings from complete strangers who appreciated us and our work. Riders thanked us for posting their photos and stories on our blog. It was humbling to say the least.

The outdoor arena, where the "magic" happens

We left inspired by those we met at the Farm, renewed in our dedication to provide scholarships so every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. If you would like to contribute to Jacob's Fund, checks can be mailed to the address at top right or use our handy PayPal button in the right side-bar. Thank you for your continued support of children in the United States.

Tony during his therapeutic riding

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