Leia's Light; An Initiative for Siblings of Special Needs Children
(From a sibling's perspective)
What does it mean to be the sister or brother of someone who, like me, gets a lot of attention because of a uniqueness of some sort? Is it easy? Is it difficult? How does it affect how they see themselves? How will it affect the person they grow up to be? These are questions I ask as I wake up this morning to my little sister's 5th birthday.
Jacob's AIM Night at the Diamond - Sponsored by Horsey Orthodontics
Tuesday, May 21, the Richmond Flying Squirrels welcomed us to the stadium for Jacob's AIM Night -sponsored by Horsey Orthodontics. 1500 tuxedo styled t-shirts (celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra) and featuring our Jacob's AIM name and logo on the back, along with our sponsor, Horsey Orthodontics, were passed out to those in attendance.
Much fun was enjoyed before the game with Dr Horsey and hid family and staff before heading our onto the field for the ceremonial first pitches. Leia Walker, who represents one of the programs of our organization, Leia's Light, threw out her very first First Pitch. She was followed onto the mound by her older brother, Jacob and Dr Horsey who both joined her to also throw First Pitches.
Both Jacob and Leia sampled the featured concession of the evening for the crowd to see on the stadium's massive video board. During the 5th inning, our founder, Rodney Walker, sat with Sports Radio 910 The Fan, for a play-by-play interview about the mission and purpose of our Jacob's AIM.
Throughout the evening we had much success raising awareness. Our dedicated volunteers passed out information cards to the many people who approached our marketing area to play our popular putting challenge game. We were blessed with a variety of great prizes to offer from local businesses. These great giveaways kept people coming to test their golf skills. As a result, we received many newsletter sign-ups!
We are so thankful to the Flying Squirrels for being such accommodating hosts and to Horsey Orthodontics for the generosity of sponsoring the entire ballgame to help us bring awareness of our services to the communities of Richmond. We are also very thankful to the many local businesses who contributed the items we gave away. We are looking forward to many more events that will help raise awareness to the services and programs we offer for children in our area!
Sweet Fundraiser at Sweet Frog!
On Saturday, May 11, the folks at Sweet Frog, Short Pump, invited us to come out and set up our (fun)draising table. We had a great time passing out the $5 gift certificates that the location had generously created for our benefit! Quite a few children and families had fun trying to putt a hole-in one on our putting green! Thanks to the kindness of Sweet Frog, we were able to raise some money and awareness in the 2 hours we had before storms set in.
Fun Night at the Diamond!
On May 7th, our friends at the Richmond Flying Squirrels invited us out to spread the word and increase awareness of our mission and services for those in the local area. Our spokesperson, Jacob Walker was greeted onto the field by San Francisco Giants outfielder, (and currently on the Flying Squirrels roster), Chris Shaw prior to being joined on the mound by his sister as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the ballgame.
During the game we enjoyed meeting people from the area and sharing our mission and vision with them. Many generous companies in and around Richmond were gracious in supplying gift certificates and gift cards for us to use a prizes to those who tested their golf skills at our putting green.
We had a wonderful time making new friends with those we met and are looking forward to our big event coming up at the Diamond - Jacob's AIM Night, Presented by Horsey Orthodontics, on Tuesday May 21! We hope to see you there!
Why We Formed
Our organization is founded on the belief that all children deserve dignity, no matter how different or unusual the physical appearance or ability. Our mission is to provide our local Richmond community with resource, and support through various programs offered at no cost, designed to nurture a child’s self-esteem. Our efforts are for all children to have the best opportunity to reach their full potential. This includes any child within the autism spectrum.
We formed as a nonprofit with nearly a decade of experience gained with our son, (who, at 9 years old is now 30 inches tall - with proportions similar to that of a doll - due to a rare form of dwarfism). We are inspired every single day by his zest for life and amazing confidence in who he is. This has driven us to team up with caring, talented professionals from across the country to lend ideas, resources and efforts in building the foundations of our organization we intend on being able to help many children for years to come. The programs we offer have been carefully considered with guidance from our board combined with what we have learned, from both the mistakes and the triumphs we have had. With this careful planning, we have developed these programs which are available to the many communities and schools in the Richmond area.
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