Lauren Calagaz via Crowdrise
December 28, 2011
BENEFITING: THE BELL CENTER FOR EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
EVENT DATE: Feb 12, 2012
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! I am excited to run the Mercedes half-marathon for Thomas and the Bell Center this year!
Thomas is a sweet boy who, at just 7 weeks old, had to undergo brain surgery due to a malformation of the left hemisphere. It was later determined that Thomas suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis and this is why his brain was malformed to begin with. The Bell Center has been instrumental in Thomas's recovery and progression. If not for the physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and special education teachers at The Bell Center, it is not likely Thomas would be where he is today!
Thank you for your support!
Information about the Bell Center:
The Bell Center offers early intervention services to children at risk for delay, often within a few days or weeks after birth. Parents often feel a sense of helplessness when they discover their child has special needs; however, the Bell Center staff and volunteers are able to provide them with specific information and encouragement allowing parents to move from a sense of confusion, to a deep pride in their children’s accomplishments and optimism for the future.
Programs at The Bell Center are designed to promote growth in gross and fine motor skills, as well as language, cognition, self-help, and play skills. Each child is evaluated annually, and goals are tailored specifically to the child’s needs. The Bell Center employs a staff of highly qualified professionals including physical and occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, and early childhood special education teachers who work directly with infants and toddlers in many programs while directing the efforts of volunteers who work with toddlers in other programs