Fifth Annual Summer Festival
Save the Date - August 10, 2013
Live music performances by Midlife Crisis, Southern Comfort, Theradancers, and the North Star Kids. (and others)
$10 per person, children 5 and under free
724-934-9600 for more information or register online.
Thanks to our 2013 Corporate Sponsors (as of May 31, 2013):
Federated Investors Foundation * Altar TV
Coloplast * Chuck Foley Memorial Foundation * Fifth Third Bank * First Niagara Bank Foundation Fort Pitt Capital Group * Louis Anthony Jewelers * NexTier Bank * Western PA Laborers Building and Defense* HarKel * Chubb Group of Insurance Companies * First Choice Mortgage Services *Settlements, Ltd. * Quest Energy Solutions * Tudi Mechanical Services* Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group
SBAWPeople Profile - Elizabeth
BluePrints graduate Elizabeth dancing with the TheraDance class
Monday, March 18, 2013 was a day I will never forget. That was the day when my 7 year old daughter, Elizabeth, proved to us that she would never accept the limitations of Spina Bifida. Instead, she stepped "on stage" and performed her little heart out at her first dance recital.
Elizabeth was born with the myelomeningocele form of Spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and symptomatic Chiari II malformation. After she underwent several major surgeries and lengthy hospitalizations my husband and I resigned ourselves to thinking that her physical limitations would make it virtually impossible to participate in a dance class. This was particularly difficult to accept because Elizabeth has always loved music and moving to the rhythm. Her former PT, Pat Smith-Martin, recently commented, "I can remember this kid shimmying before she could even sit!" And now, after 7 years of hard work in physical therapy, our beautiful daughter was given the opportunity to "get her groove on."
Elizabeth would never have had this opportunity if not for the development of an exciting new "Theradance" program created by her current PT, Jamie Barnhill, DPT. I canít tell you in this brief message how much this has meant to our family. I can only hope that by spreading the word, more children will be able to experience the magic and excitement of performing for their family.
- Melanie Dragovits
Watch the TheraDance class performing to "Call Me Maybe"
TheraDance is a group physical therapy program designed for children with physical limitations, such as impaired balance, body awareness, coordination, flexibility, strength and endurance. The program is offered by the Center for Independence at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC at their Pine Center location in Wexford. The sessions are 10 weeks in length and culminate in a choreographed routine to music. For more information, call the Center for Independence at 724-933-9286.
Want to help SBAWP Programs serve people like Elizabeth? Make a donation by choosing the "Donate" button in the upper right hand corner of this page, or come to the 5th Annual Summer Festival presented by Seubert and Associates (see above).