For those of you who know Rowan you know how easily she fills your heart. She, like any child, has always been a blessing to our family. When we were first told Rowan had Down Syndrome, within hours after her birth, it was quickly followed with the news that she was also having life-threatening complications with pulmonary hypertension. Down Syndrome seemed like a footnote during the weeks that followed.
Rowan pulled through like a champ and hasn't slowed down since. Like any other child Rowan came packaged with her own set of challenges, some of them just more pronounced. Through years of working with various therapists we always celebrated each milestone, however timely or delayed. Then the time came to start thinking about school. This is a little scary to think about with any of your children. Now imagine that your child has delays in speech and communication. Your concerns as a parent escalate. Who will teach my child? How will they understand what she wants or needs? How will they know what she's feeling? Will they care?
Several years ago I had a client bring her dog to the veterinary practice where I work. It was just a routine visit, but I had to tell her that her dog was a little chubby. Shen then told me that her son, who has Down Syndrome, loved giving the dog treats and she couldn't figure out how to get him to stop!
I began to ask her about her son. It was during this conversation that she told me about Frankie Lemmon School. Bob and I immediately looked into this school and knew right away that this was the best place for our daughter.
Since 1965 the Frankie Lemmon School has provided TUITION-FREE, superior education and support to children with special needs. The school is a recognized model for life-changing special needs education, with emphasis on the development of communication skills and personal independence necessary to allow children and their families to successfully navigate the challenges of everyday life.
The demand for Frankie Lemmon services far exceeds current capacities. In 2011 the Creating Bright Futures annual campaign was launched to expand services to more children and their families. It is already having a big impact. In 2013 the school doubled the number of children and families served. With your support, we have only just begun to address the need.
Please support the Creating Bright Futures campaign today and help a child learn to walk, talk, read, write, and grow into an active member of our community. You can help provide the bright future these precious children deserve.