EVENT DATE: Jun 12, 2016
Our team - Hootie's Heroes, named for the pony that our Lovelane student team member, Thekla, rides - is delighted to partner with Thekla and her family for the 2016 Susan McDaniel Run for Lovelane. Thekla is a student at Lovelane, and Heather has been a Lovelane board member for more than five years.
My name is Thekla First. I am nine years old and started riding at Lovelane last fall. Going to the barn is my favorite part of the week—I can’t wait for my lesson. I also do Barn Buddies and the summer riding camp. I love riding the cute ponies. At my lessons, my teacher surprises me with a different horse or pony to ride each week. That is really fun. My teachers are really great! My mom tells me that I always have the biggest smile on my face as she watches me trot by.
All of us are so impressed by the incredibly hard work of Lovelane's children. It's wonderful to see their vast improvements and tiny achievements. We are always humbled when we visit Lovelane. Please consider supporting the great work being done at Lovelane!
Lovelane is a therapeutic horseback riding program that has a dramatic impact on the physical and cognitive development of children like Thekla that have special needs. For over 25 year, Lovelane has been committed to providing an individualized program for children with special needs that integrates the pure joy, and freedom of riding a horse with the appropriate therapy to achieve the child's specific therapeutic goals. This sense of freedom and empowerment is something that is often missing in our student's daily routine, and the therapy, confidence and joy they find at Lovelane makes a huge difference in their lives. Lovelane provides 4,500 individual lessons annually for children with special needs, and Lovelane's story is really a story of everything that is great, generous and inspiring in people. It is the story of these qualities in the instructors who teach at Lovelane; the over 200 volunteers who give their hearts and their time; the donors who support Lovelane; and most significantly the children like Thekla who ride at Lovelane.
The Susan McDaniel Run for Lovelane, which has become one of Lovelane's signature events, will take place on Sunday, June 12th. Susan, an athlete, actress and equestrian, was a student at Lovelane throughout her 2 year battle with cancer. When treatments left her too exhausted to ride, she took joy in stable chores. Sadly, Susan is no longer with us, but her memory lives on in this annual run to benefit the children with special needs who ride at Lovelane. The Run continues to grow each year. The funds raised from the Run have become a vital part of supporting Lovelane as 60% of Lovelane costs are funded through fundraising activities. Thank you for your generosity and support of the awesome work that takes place at Lovelane.
SUPPORT FOR LOVELANE COMES FROM DONORS SUCH AS YOURSELF, AND THEKLA, OUR TEAM, AND THE REST OF THE LOVELANE COMMUNITY APPRECIATE ALL DONATIONS, REGARDLESS OF SIZE, TO HELP LOVELANE SUSTAIN ITS MISSION.
THANKS FROM OUR TEAM!!!
Thekla, Nina, Craig, Stavros, Ravina, Bob, Owen, Bob, Heather, Sam and Tanya