CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE THROUGH CONDUCTIVE EDUCATION INC wrote -Almost 11 years ago, Doctors George and Jamie Gancayco were watching 20/20 one evening at their home in Crystal Lake and saw a segment on the Peto Institute in Hungary and Conductive Education as a form of therapy for individuals with physical disabilities. They knew this would benefit their son, Ben, who has Cerebral Palsy. They did their research and discovered the Center for Independence in Countryside, which utilizes Conductive Education. Ben began attending the morning sessions at the Center three days a week and also attending the Summer Camp session when he was three. But driving three hours each day proved to be exhausting -- especially as Ben approached the first grade!
Jamie Gancayco and her sister, Jackie Bathery, approached Patti Herbst, the Executive Director of the Center for Independence, with the idea of bringing CFI to the Northwest suburbs. In March 2007, the first Northwest fundraiser was held and the doors were open for Summer Camp that June! The site has been grateful for the continuous support of St. Francis de Sales Church for allowing the program to take place in their comfortable and accessible location.
Thank you for being a part of our fundraising team and supporting the Center for Independence Northwest site so children like Ben can continue to learn independence and become fully-participating members of the community!