Holiday greetings from Children’s Assistive Technology Service.
I would like you to meet Paul. Paul is two years old and was born with spinal bifida, a congenital disorder that interferes with his ability move and walk. Most often, children with spina bifida face a lifetime of reliance on a wheelchair for mobility. Paul, however, is facing a much brighter future. When mom was twenty-four weeks pregnant, she and Paul underwent surgery to close Paul’s spine. When Paul left the hospital, he began physical therapy. At age one, he started in his Scoot wheelchair and within a few months was doing 360’s. He progressed to a Mobile Prone stander so he could move while he was supported in standing. Now at age two, Paul is learning to walk with a gait trainer as well as with the support of loving hands. Paul’s remarkable progress has been due to his families’ dedication, his state-of-the-art therapy, and his timely access to adaptive equipment. C.A.T.S. is honored to be able to help Paul and his family with his assistive technology needs. As you are aware, C.A.T.S. never charges our families for assistive technology devices regardless of resources or income. This year, due to the generosity of our supporters, C.A.T.S. has provided over 1,200 adaptive mobility and communication devices to children and families throughout Virginia.
Demand for C.A.T.S. services continues to grow steadily. Thankfully, we have been able to meet our increased service requests. To make sure that we remain responsive, I am asking for your help. Please take part in our holiday season fundraising campaign. Your holiday gift will help our children have better health; participate in school; engage socially; and live with dignity. Thank you for your kindness and support.
On behalf of our children and families, we wish you a joyous holiday season and healthy New Year.