those first small steps

In two weeks, on April 26, the Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre is having their annual radiothon fundraiser.  With your spare coins, it's a bit of change for a big change - in kids' lives like ours.   

I am certain it is difficult to budget fairly for the entire province of Ontario, but the fact remains: when there is no wiggle room in the budget for children's treatment centres, necessary services for kids in the Niagara region are affected.  

In short, NPCC needs more than just the government to support its services.  It has to be everyone's responsibility.

I wonder if we truly understand the long term blessing with a few years or a few visits spent at NPCC.

Remember, our kids grow up and become adults.  

The reality of providing care for cognitively delayed adults is not heart-warming; a recent Globe and Mail article cited 20 years not being an unusual wait time for intellectually delayed adults to find appropriate housing.  Twenty years.   Read this article.

I can't help but see a connection between support given during those early years at places like NPCC and the transition into the adult years.  Children with special needs who receive services from places like NPCC are often better empowered as they age into adulthood.  Supporting NPCC can have a life-long impact on a kid.  On an adult.

Last year, I went on a bit of a coin blitz, asking everyone and anyone to set aside their loose change.  I made cups for anyone who asked, and we were able to collectively give a lot of money.  This year, I've been sidetracked by the girls' health issues... 

Yet, for the next two weeks, I'm asking you to set aside any loose change for NPCC.  I'll pick it up from you or you bring it to me, and I'll take it to NPCC. Consider becoming a Change Crusader for 2012 - all this is explained here.  

If you want to hear stories from Niagara parents, listen in to 105.7 FM, 610 AM, or 97.7 FM on April 26.  If you want to see NPCC, visit the centre on April 26.  We'd love to see you!

Here's a sneak peek of what NPCC does for us:  Check out Janneke painting.  A Picasso in the making.

And speaking of being excited to see NPCC, here is Rachel getting ready for the bus. 

She gets so excited, her legs shoot straight out, and she makes all kinds of verbal sounds, indicating her great anticipation for her school time.

We can't say enough about the resource NPCC is for our family.  Curious about the history of children's treatment centres?  Check this link ( and this link (ministry of community and social services).  It wasn't long ago children with significant needs were tucked away in an institution. 

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Back on the home front...

We continue to see changes on our property.  The cement has been started for the garage, and this Saturday, Wil is organizing a framing morning for the accessible bedroom.  Very exciting!

Our help comes in all sizes - check out nephew Caleb, working in the rain.

And, at the end of the day, we have a very tired Rachel, not even lifting her head to greet her cousins.  (Yes, two of them are dressed as blue princesses.)  We are thrilled that Rachel has been able to attend school for the last week; her blood sugar levels have remained stable for 10 days!

Peace for your week.