Tommy

Dear Staff at Helping Challenged Children,
 
I am writing you to thank you for the amazing AmTryke bike my son Tommy received with the help of your organization. Tommy is nine years old and has Down syndrome. He has very low muscle tone and has been receiving physical therapy since he was a baby. Even with this extra help, he didn’t walk until he was four, and still needs therapy to work on muscle strength, coordination and endurance. His therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Miswawaka, Indiana has been working with him to ride a trike for the past several years. He has made progress, but only has therapy twice a month, and hasn’t had a chance to practice in between, because we could not afford to get him the special trike he needed. Our therapist told us about Helping Challenged Children, and offered to write a grant for the trike.
 
I can’t tell you how grateful we are to have received the AmTryke- it’s amazing! Tommy has been riding it in our neighborhood every day! For years, he has watched his older brother and the other children in the neighborhood out on their bikes, and has not been able to join in. We are so excited that he can now get out and ride like all of the other children! Besides having fun, his therapist says it will be great for him to increase his endurance.
 
Please accept our deepest thanks for this wonderful gift, and may God Bless you for the work you do. We could never done this without your help. 
 
Sincerely,
Mary and John O’Callaghan
Parents of Tommy, Age 9

Danielle

Danielle is one of seven children, three of which were adopted and have special needs. Danielle, who has hearing loss, was adopted from China when she was six years old.  HCCI was able to help provide Danielle with hearing aids that insurance couldn’t cover.  Danielle was so excited to receive her hearing aids and was thrilled with the difference it made.  She even reminds her mom to put them in if they forget first thing in the morning!

 


Adam

Thank you for the gift of sound!  Adam loves his new hearing aids and it has made a world of difference. Thank you again!”

– Adam’s Mom


TOPSoccer

TOPSoccer is a free, community-based training and team placement program for athletes with disabilities. The program, staffed by local youth soccer volunteers, is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any players, age 8 and older, who have a mental or physical disability, to help them become valued and successful members of the local youth soccer community. TOPSoccer is a program of Indiana Soccer, a non-profit organization for Youth Soccer, who serves around 300 kids in 11 different TOPSoccer programs each year.

This valuable program relies on donations to equip the players with special soccer equipment, like ringing and beeping soccer balls for the visually impaired, larger soccer balls to help develop motor skills, special goals and more.  HCCI was able to help each of the 11 TOPSoccer programs in Indiana, by outfitting them with some of the durable soccer equipment it takes to help these kids play.


Benjamin

“Thank you guys so much for making it happen! I can already see a change in his behavior and his listening skills since he has gotten the new aids. He says they are even better than his previous ones, so I know he is hearing more now than ever.”

– Benjamin’s Mom


Aidan’s Update

UPDATE FROM AIDAN’S FAMILY:

Aidan is still riding at least 4 days a week but not propelling it independently…yet.  He is so close and enjoys riding his tricycle….look at his smile.  Thank you!  Please share this with all involved…..very special people in the world like you and your organization members that give so much for the children in Indiana make me hopeful and give me strength.  Aidan is attending 3 Physical Therapy, 3 Occupational Therapy, 2 Speech therapies, therapeutic horse riding and pool therapy once a week on top of his activities home with us….riding tricycle, gait trainer, standing in a stander. Thank you seems so little for the help you have provided, I know God will repay you all so much more.

Thank you,

Aiden’s Dad


Aidan

Four year old Aidan has diplegic cerebral palsy.  He had a procedure in St. Louis in September of 2013 to try to alleviate some of his pain and now attends physical therapy 4 days a week.  While in therapy in St. Louis, Aidan rode an adaptive tricycle which helped him physically as much as it did emotionally.

Aidan’s parents try to give their non-verbal son every chance they can to walk, and knew an adaptive tricycle was just the thing he needed at home.  However, Aidan’s parents couldn’t afford the out of pocket expense, and insurance and other aid wasn’t available to help cover the costs.

HCCI was able to help Aidan and his family when no other alternative could be found.  Aidan was given an adaptive tricycle and he looks like any other little boy riding his bike!  He loves being pushed around the house on it and his family is confident that by spring he will be able to propel the tricycle himself.  The adaptive tricycle has even been integrated into his therapy regimen four times a week.  Aidan and his family are grateful that HCCI could help give Aidan this gift and a chance at walking when no other source could.

 


C.J.

Fourteen year old C.J. is autistic.  He is non-verbal and unable to express wants and needs, which led to some behavioral issues.  However, during school and therapy, C.J. responded well to the use of an iPad to better communicate with those around him.  His parents saw the positive impact this had, but were unable to afford an iPad for him at home.  Although both parents worked, with three children and recurring medical bills, an iPad was simply outside of what they could afford.  With some help from HCCI, C.J. now has the iPad he needs at home and is able to communicate what he wants and needs much more effectively!


Madison

Madison has Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome as well as Epilepsy.  A special tricycle would help Madison  physically develop, as well as allow her some independence and mobility.  Madison is raised by her dad and step-mom, who are a blue collar, hard working family and despite best efforts, were unable to afford an adaptive tricycle.

HCCI was able to step in and help Madison get an adaptive tricycle, specifically fitted for her physical limitations.  For the first time, Madison was able to go on a walk in her neighborhood with her family, just like any other kid her age.


Nicholas

“To say these hearing aids are a true blessing is a HUGE understatement. When I dropped Nicholas off at the bus stop, he turned and said, “Mom, with my new aids, I will get all A’s now”.

– Cheryl, Nicholas’ mom