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2015 RIT United Way Campaign – RIT Beneficiary Parker Stanwix and Keri Barone

2015 RIT United Way Campaign – RIT Beneficiary Parker Stanwix and Keri Barone


♪ Music ♪>>When I had Parker, he was twenty-six weeks out of forty. He was a little over a pound, and when I saw him I was startled to see how small he really was. He had a lot of complications. You know that you’re pretty much looking at prognosis of cerebral palsy, mental retardation, blindness, deafness, in some form. When something like that is happening to your child, you feel helpless, and you sort of look around for who can help. In our case the needs were, will he be able to walk, will he be able to talk, will he be able to see, and so, those were the services that were put in place. He was recieving occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision therapy, speech therapy, but now, he walks fine, talks and all those things. So you’re able to watch that. That’s real help, that’s real support. He also has since received an autism diagnosis, and he receives services for that. Pretty much everything that he’s done that has helped him get where he is today, has been, if you follow the trail back, it starts with a United Way funded agency. Without the United Way, I don’t know where I would be, and I don’t know where Parker would be, but, I do know that with the United Way, he is walking, and talking, and laughing, and by all accounts, just a regular kid, and I don’t really know where I would be without the United Way. To the RIT community, I would say, first, thank you for your generosity, because that is what has allowed my son to benefit from all the services that the United Way has provided, but also I would say to continue to give and donate, because anything can happen to any family at any time, and to just to keep that in mind. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to offer that same support to others, and I know that’s something that I’m doing every day, just by donating and being a part of the United Way. ♪ Music ♪

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