Giving You Our Thanks
On Giving Tuesday, a national day encouraging philanthropy, all of us at SBAWP want to give back to you! Today, we want to give you - our consumers, families, board members, staff, and everyone else who support us throughout the year - our heartfelt gratitude and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.
It's Still Sports Season in the Burgh
Steeler and Penguins Tickets Raffle
TWO RAFFLES FOR TWO PITTSBURGH TEAMS!!
Plenty of Chances to Win!
$5.00 a ticket-5 numbers per ticket-2 different prize packages
Buy your raffle tickets now for a chance to win:
*2013 STEELER TICKETS- two prize packages
1st package includes A TROY POLAMALU AUTOGRAPHED JERSEYand $200 IN CASH
2nd package includes a Parking Pass and $200 IN CASH
* 2013-2014 PENGUIN TICKETS - two prize packages
1st package includes a Parking Pass and $200 IN CASH
2nd package includes an autographed puck and $200 IN CASH
(Must be over 18 to buy a raffle ticket).
Buy your tickets at the SBAWP Office, at the retreats, or call 724-934-9600 or read more to purchase online
Save Money and Help SBAWP
You can save on purchases and raise money to support the programs of the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA (SBAWP) by buying your 2013-2014 Entertainment ($25), Enjoy ($30), and Enjoy the City ($20) books from SBAWP this year. Entertainment books have a mobile app so you don't need to remember your coupon book!!
Call Diana at 724-934-9600 to place an order today!
Fifth Annual Summer Festival -THANK YOU!!
What a great day and great event we had this year!! THANK YOU to everyone for making the Festival the great success that it was - the Summer Festival Commitee, Executive Director Adele Duffy, the SBAWP Board of Directors and Staff, the Sponsor and Donors, the Volunteers and all the good people who came out to spend the day with us!!
Special Thanks to our 2013 Corporate Sponsors:
Federated Investors Foundation * Altar TV
Blackburn's * Chuck Foley Memorial Foundation * Cipriani and Werner * Fifth Third Bank * First Niagara Bank Foundation * Fort Pitt Capital Group * Louis Anthony Jewelers * McKesson Patient Care Solutions - National Rehab/Sterling Medical * Scott Advertising * SMC Business Council * Stick With It Fitness * NexTier Bank * Western PA Laborers Building and Defense* Yetsick Family * HarKel * PGT Trucking * American Back Center - Dr. Peter Peduzzi * Coloplast * Chubb Group of Insurance Companies * First Choice Mortgage Services * S&T Bank *Settlements, Ltd. * Quest Energy Solutions * Renewal by Andersen * Tudi Mechanical Services* Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group* Finish Line Youth Foundation
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).