Cameron on Sassy with Rachel, Therapist
“Cameron has blossomed! He talks a mile a minute now! And Landon loves to ride now – he just takes off!” Those were the words Cameron and Landon’s mom couldn’t wait to tell us, sharing what the boys had accomplished since we last spoke.
Cameron greets and says goodbye to his teachers and knows the name of his classmates. He’s also able to hold eye contact while talking, something children with autism often struggle to do.
“Their progress has been truly astounding. They are so much more verbal now. Both boys greet me with ‘Hi, Miss Lysi.’”
“Socially, Landon needs to get up to speed, but he’ll get there," Landon's mom told us. "He now knows the alphabet as well as all his colors. And he says his prayers every night, after Mom or Dad get him started."
The boys’ grandmother, who sometimes brings them to hippotherapy sessions, has seen so much progress that she now has much loftier goals for them. She dreams that they will accomplish things no one could have expected earlier in their lives.
“They’ve transitioned beautifully. They’ve come a long way,” Rachel, the boys’ physical therapist beamed. “Now they talk about riding Sassy (their hippotherapy horse) when they are at home, and they look forward to coming to the farm each week.”
Note: For Jacob’s Fund founder, Glenna Fisher, this news resonates deeply. Her grandson, Jacob Noah Beachy, for whom Jacob’s Fund is named, talked to family, friends, and strangers about riding his horse, Major, at the farm. Atop this gentle horse Jacob also learned colors and numbers.
The Global Giving Community and other donors' gifts have helped make it possible for us to provide 12 months of uninterrupted hippotherapy for Cameron and Landon. You've brought two little boys who were once isolated from others happily into birthday parties, social interactions, with other kids and life itself. You’ve put the lilt back in their mother’s voice and have renewed their grandmother’s hopes. For this we thank you.
Cameron and Landon still have miles to go on their yearlong journey and beyond. We hope you’ll continue to give them your support by making a donation to this life-changing project.