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Help Zander Walk

Zander's mom is getting married in August 2018. Her greatest gift is to see Zander and his older brother walk her down the aisle together.

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DEADLINE TO GIVE: Aug 01, 2018

“Your child will never walk!” No mother would want to hear this, but for Zander’s mother Krystal, it was something she heard regularly. Zander’s “super power” is Pitt-Hopkins syndrome. It is a genetic disorder best explained as a car manual missing a few hundred pages in the middle.

 

These missing pages affect Zander's ability to walk. He was discharged from therapy as nothing was helping...but there was still hope. One therapist suggested a possible option: equine hippotherapy.

 

At Northern Michigan Equine Therapy (NMET) Zander turned that hope into reality. With the support of a licensed occupational therapist, a therapy horse named "Adelle", volunteers, and a special saddle, Zander proved that he really is a super hero. After just his third session at NMET, Zander’s mom watched, tears rolling down her face, as he took his first three unassisted steps and landed in her arms. It was his 5th birthday, and a day the NMET team will never forget.

 

Today, he is at nearly a dozen steps, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Krystal is getting married in August 2018. Her greatest dream is to see Zander and his older brother walk her down the aisle together.

 

Will you donate to Zander’s hippotherapy scholarship fund and help make dreams come true?

 

Health insurance explanation: NMET does not participate with health insurance as a method of payment. NMET does not hide the fact a horse is used as a therapeutic tool which makes these services an alternative form of occupational therapy to insurance companies. This means NMET seeks donations and grants to help those in need rather than participating with health insurance companies. NMET only wants to help and serve as many people as possible. NMET does perform all requirements insurance companies demands to adequately care for clients and provide proof of client progress in therapy.

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