Posted by Nora Kipp 09/16/19
Calling all volunteers…
Please join us on Wednesday, September 18th, at 6:00 PM at June Farms, 275 Parker Road in West Sand Lake, to celebrate all the amazing work our program volunteers do to make STRIDE all that it is today!
There is no admission cost and the first 50 active volunteers to RSVP with Megan will receive their first beverage and personal wood fire pizza on us! Thereafter, while supplies last, drinks are also on us!!!
Posted by Nora Kipp 09/06/19
Tomorrow is Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) day. DMD is a genetic disorder that is characterized by progressive muscular deterioration and weakness. Although there is no cure, physical therapy and medications can significantly help to control symptoms and improve quality of life.
I recently read an article that shares the struggles that two strong individuals face every day. Shawn and Deb Jenssen are the parents of two young girls living with Duchenne. Their remarkable story highlights the importance of understanding that disabilities affect everyone ‒ from the person living with it to those who care for them. You can check it out here!
Posted by Gil Chorbajian 09/06/19
Riding a bike is a rite of passage that has been synonymous with childhood for generations. Its camera-friendly nature means that parents today routinely document the breakthrough moment on their phones so that the video can be shared with family members and cherished for a lifetime.
But for children with special needs, the ability to ride a two-wheeled bike can be delayed for years, or worse yet, deemed beyond their reach. For these children, most of whom are acutely aware of the differences between themselves and neuro-typical children, riding a bike just becomes one more obstacle they are unable to scale.
Enter the STRIDE bike program. Through a partnership with the non-profit organization I Can Shine, the annual program teaches 40 children (beginning at age 8) how to ride a two-wheeled bike in just one week!