BENEFITING: THE BELL CENTER FOR EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
EVENT DATE: Feb 12, 2012
I’ve got skin in this game.
Now you must know that the Mercedes Marathon is run to benefit the Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs in Birmingham, Alabama. What you may not know is that my daughter Betts is a graduate of “The BC.” And my wife Jeannie is executive director of “The BC.” So yes, I’ve got skin in this game.
What you don’t know is that this is my FIRST marathon. I’ve run some halfs before, but this is my first shot at 26.2. What you also don’t know is that I wouldn’t be anywhere near this goal but for Lew Sanders at Gold’s Gym Colonnade. Lew is the football player to your left for the Patriots. Now Lew has taught me a lot over the past year – the most important being that failure is simply NOT an option. And for me, especially not where the Bell Center is concerned.
“The BC” flies a bit under the radar. But I can tell you from personal experience that in the darkness of uncertainty surrounding a child born with special challenges and needs, the Bell Center is a touchstone of light and learning that lifts the curtain on an amazing lifetime of opportunity and achievement.
You can read more about “The BC” below, but before you pledge a dime for my 26.2, go by the Center and see for yourself the incredible things being done and accomplished by an astonishing staff of caring and dedicated professionals lead by founding director Betty Bell and program director Andi Gillen. I guarantee you'll pledge more.
Watch the video to your left and CROSS THE LINE WITH ME. FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!
More about "The BC" --
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.
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