Once again, it's time to ask
for your help to support the Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center. There
are many reasons for you to give, but let me tell you about just one.
I wish you could stand with
me as I watch Brad, a 34-year-old Marine veteran, as he is lifted from his
wheelchair, balances with difficulty, and moves painfully up the steps of
the mounting block. Charlie, one of our patient and well-trained
therapy horses, is waiting by the block, quiet and still, as Brad is helped
to stretch tight
and weak leg muscles over the back of the horse and gently lower himself
into the saddle.
Determination is one
word that comes to mind. Courage is another.
As soon as Charlie moves away
from the mounting block, Brad's whole demeanor changes. If you only saw him
on the back of a horse, you would never realize the damage his disease has
caused to his thin frame. Brad is a man in charge again....a
Marine. It takes my breath away every time I see him ride. Brad's
disease has taken his ability to speak, but not his dignity or the pride
and pleasure he expresses as he spends his hour riding with us.
There are so many more
stories I could tell. Stories of the volunteers who never miss a
class knowing that if they aren't there, Brad and the others will be
disappointed. Stories of our horses that have the ability to motivate,
encourage, build confidence and strength without saying a word. Stories of
the families and caregivers who face daily challenges most of us can't
As a donor, you can become
part of the story as well. Please consider a gift today.