Even Small Injuries Can Lead to Big Problems

Even Small Injuries Can Lead to Big Problems

It has been said that little problems often become big problems if you don’t take the initiative to correct them. Unfortunately, when it comes to our bodies and injuries, little injuries can lead to big problems even when we take the initiative to correct them. There are times when complications from surgery can lead to even bigger issues than what the original surgery was even attempting to fix.

Andrew enlisted in the Army after graduating from Wauseon High School and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company, 3rd Platoon. Andrew found great fulfillment serving his country and his hard work paid off as he was recognized for his initiative and efforts and promoted to serve as Team Leader and Squad Designated Marksman in his division. While preparing to go through selection for Special Forces he suffered what he thought to be at the time, a minor setback when a pilonidal cyst formed on his tailbone.

A pilonidal cyst is an abnormal pocket in the skin that usually contains hair and skin debris. It is almost always located near the tailbone at the top of the cleft of the buttocks. Pilonidal cysts usually occur when hair punctures the skin and becomes embedded. If a pilonidal cyst becomes infected, the resulting abscess is often extremely painful. The cyst can be drained through a small incision or removed surgically.

Andrew’s seemingly harmless cyst did indeed become infected and started causing significant pain. When the cyst continued to grow, doctors advised Andrew that an operation was necessary to prevent it from getting worse. So, on November 2, 2015, Andrew underwent surgery at Fort Bragg to remove the cyst.

The resulting surgical wound needed to be packed and cleaned daily by a wound care team at the hospital. When a wound is deep, or when it tunnels under the skin, packing the wound can help it heal. The packing material soaks up any drainage from the wound, which helps the tissues heal from the inside out. Without the packing, the wound could close at the top. This would trap fluid and possibly bacteria in the deeper areas of the wound, impede healing, and lead to infection. Andrew was forced to wait for the wound cavity to heal before he could resume selection training.

After a month, Andrew’s wound had still not healed. His doctors stopped treating him because the healing time was taking longer than expected. They simply gave him a bag of supplies, instructed him to pack the wound himself and told Andrew to follow up with them in three months.

Not only did the wound not heal, it became infected and started causing Andrew incredible pain. On December 14, 2015 doctors surgically reopened the wound site to remove the infection, resulting in an even larger wound cavity, over 1 in. deep, 2 cm. long and 1 cm. wide.

Andrew was not about to endure another “wait and see” healing period. Thankfully, Andrew had received Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Sara’s Garden back when he was in high school recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. He remembered how it had helped to speed up his healing process then and believed it could help him once again.

As soon as his surgery was over, Andrew left Fort Bragg and headed home to Wauseon to start hyperbaric treatments at Sara’s Garden. The high concentration of oxygen at increased pressure allowed Andrew to increase his healing efficiency. After only a few days, his pain level was significantly reduced and could feel the infection begin to subside. Over the course of the next three weeks, Andrew received 16 HBOT treatments. With the help of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Andrew was able to beat the infection and successfully close the wound that he had been dealing with for the past two months.

Andrew felt grateful to have been able to finally heal and get back to his previous level of operation. He stated that he was pain free and had a renewed confidence to return and complete his military operations. Andrew went on to deploy with the 82nd to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Without hyperbaric treatments at Sara’s Garden, Andrew is convinced that his infection and wound would have continued to deteriorate due to the lack of care he was receiving from the Army Medical Corps.

Andrew is now out of the Army and in his last year of a BSN-RN program. He is hoping to continue his education to the provider level and is looking for an opportunity to provide health services to people in need such as veterans or individuals with special needs.

No matter what you’ve been told, there is hope… for this and many other conditions. HBOT is treatment without drugs… without surgery… without pain.

Special Grounds Project Update ~ July 2021

Special Grounds Project Update ~ July 2021

We want to keep everyone informed on the status of our exciting new project, Special Grounds Coffee Shop.

We are SOOO CLOSE to being done with construction. The past month saw a tremendous amount of work completed.

  • Drywall is done and the walls have been painted.
  • Our new awnings over the drive up window and front entrance have been installed.
  • Counters have been installed and plumbing is being hooked up.
  • Ceiling grid is in and lights are being installed.
  • The kids have been hard at work helping our staff create delicious pastries to sample

Until we officially open, you can still order our delicious, locally-roasted coffees online for pickup or delivery right to your door! Our e-commerce website (SpecialGroundsCoffee.com) is up and running and ready to connect you with the most delicious coffee you will ever taste!

If you would prefer to purchase your coffee in person, we’ve got you covered for that that as well. We have been attending various Farmer’s Markets in the area and have received great response from these events. Below are the events we are currently scheduled to attend over the coming months:

  • July 15 – Perrysburg
  • July 15 & 16 – Wauseon Tent Sale
  • July 22 – Perrysburg
  • July 29 – Perrysburg
  • Aug 5 – Perrysburg
  • Sept 12 – Monarchs & More Family Fun Day (Sauder Village)

We are so grateful to the Roach Family Foundation for their amazing $10,000 grant for the purchase of equipment needed for the coffee shop!

Come out for some delicious, FREE samples and pick up a bag (or bags) of your favorite Special Grounds coffee!

2021 “Drive Fore Hope” Reminder

2021 “Drive Fore Hope” Reminder

Don’t forget! The 2021 “Drive Fore Hope” Charity Golf Scramble is this fall. Do you have your team signed up yet? We have put together a fun-filled day at Ironwood Golf Course in Wauseon, Ohio and hope to see you there!

Event Date:Friday, September 24, 2021
Event Location:Ironwood Golf Course, Wauseon, Ohio
Event Format:4-Player Team Scramble
Event Cost:$75 per Player ($300 per Team)
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All proceeds from this event will be used towards the purchase of therapy equipment for our clients and students at Sara’s Garden and New Horizons Academy. Sara’s Garden is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is the only facility in the United States to offer Autism Intervention, Conductive Education, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration and Speech-Language Pathology services.

Registration Includes:

  • Scramble format (4-player teams)
  • Green and cart fees
  • Range balls
  • Goodie bag
  • Contests and prizes
  • Awards for top teams
  • Lunch Buffet
Schedule of Events
7:00 a.m.
Range Open
8:00 a.m.
Shotgun Scramble
1:00 p.m.
Lunch Buffet at NHA Career Center
2:00 p.m.

Below is a list of the past golf outing sponsors that we would like to honor. Thank you for your support!

Platinum Title Sponsors
Gold Event Sponsors
Silver Contest Partners
  • 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics
  • Andres, O’Neil and Lowe
  • Arrow Tru-Line, Inc.
  • Fitzenrider, Inc.
  • Foundation Steel LLC
  • Haas Door
  • Meyer-Badenhop Insurance
  • Miller Bros. Construction, Inc.
  • Nature Fresh
  • Rupp-Rosebrock, Inc.
  • State Bank
  • Subway of Archbold, Delta, Swanton, Waterville, & West Unity
  • Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing
  • Winzeler & Bok, Ltd
  • Worthington Industries Galvanizing Department
Bronze Meal Sponsors
  • Creighton Electric
  • D&G Welding
  • Grieser Transportation
  • North Star BlueScope Steel
  • Schuette Construction
  • Swanton Welding & Machine
  • Worthington Industries
O2 Tee Sponsors
  • Aquatek Water Conditioning
  • Aeschliman & Co. CPA’s
  • American Legion Post 300
  • Archbold Container
  • Auto Images
  • Automatic Feed Company
  • Barber, Kaper, Stamm, McWatters & Whitlock
  • Beck’s Construction
  • Beck Insurance
  • Black Swamp Equipment
  • Car 1
  • Cordy Insurance Agency
  • David Geringer
  • Dr. McKernan and Dr. Spieles
  • Edward Jones, Wauseon
  • Fulton Industries
  • Gerig Eavespouting
  • Gearig Floors
  • Grieser Roos Insurance
  • Holthues and Associates
  • Ironwood Golf Course
  • J&B Feed
  • Joe Newlove Real Estate & Auction
  • Kevin’s Plumbing & Heating
  • Kinsman Propane
  • Krauss-Lane Electric
  • Lugbill Supply
  • M.E. Miller Tire
  • Miller Construction
  • Nafziger Chiropractic
  • Nofziger Door Sales
  • NWO Beverage Co.
  • OK Electric
  • Pettisville Grain
  • R&S Lines
  • Roth, Britsch, Dickman & Associates
  • Rychener Seed
  • Sauder Woodworking
  • Scottdel Cushion, LLC
  • Short Agency
  • Sonit Systems
  • Systech Handling
  • Terry Henricks Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
  • Tomahawk Printing
  • Whalen Realty

For additional information regarding team registration for the Sara’s Garden “Drive Fore Hope” Charity Golf Scramble please email Jackie Rice or Tara Dumas or via phone at 419.335.SARA.

Please join us for a great day of golf filled with fun, great food, auction items, skill contests and fabulous prizes. Take a day off work for a great cause and meet some of the amazing people you are golfing to help!

Not Your Ordinary Summer Camp

Not Your Ordinary Summer Camp


Over 75 special needs children and youth have flocked to Sara’s Garden in June and July for individualized skill development, specialized therapeutic intervention, intensive behavioral modification, and vocational job training. The Summer Intervention Program in Wauseon and Springfield Township worked with the children and youth on targeted behaviors, interventions, or activities that their parents or public schools requested.

With COVID-19 closing many schools and forcing others into online, virtual learning, many special needs students fell behind academically, socially, and behaviorally this past year. The Summer Intervention Program offered parents and schools, through their Extended School Year (ESY) Services, a way to intensively address these regressions and meet the requirements set by Governor Mike DeWine to offer compensatory, special education services. Sara’s Garden offers summer intervention programming each year; but this year, it filled an even bigger need for therapy services and intervention programming.

The summer services included conductive education (CE), speech/language pathology (SLP), occupational therapy (OT), applied behavioral analysis (ABA), group socialization, academic intervention, life and vocational skill development, and job training for preschool children to high school youth. Sara’s Garden was proud to offer all of these extraordinary services in a fun, structured manner with an underwater theme, which promoted individual development, growth, and independence.

One of the summer highlights for the younger children was getting to see, pet, and enjoy Squirt and Stripz, the Striped Turtles. They were brought in and shared by Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Amanda Grubb, who just loved listening to the kids ask if the turtles were real and if they could touch them. The turtles helped the children work on their sensory issues, behavioral plans, and socialization needs.

Another summer highlight for our middle school and high school youth was getting to work in our Special Grounds Coffee Company’s Roasting and Processing Rooms at our new Career Center (854 S. Shoop Ave., Wauseon). The kids got to measure coffee beans, label bags, create thank you notes for our customers, stamp coffee sleeves, and literally fill online coffee bean and ground coffee orders. In addition to these vocational skills and job training opportunities, the youth also worked on daily living skills like cooking special recipes, running the washer and dryer to do laundry, cleaning the career center and skills labs, and working on vocabulary development, communication techniques, customer service, and social-emotional interactions, explained a very proud Speech/Language Pathologist Katie Nelson.

To place your roasted bean or ground coffee order, log onto www.specialgroundscoffee.com. All proceeds help to support the vocational development and job placements of our special needs kids. Sara’s Garden also hopes to have its Special Grounds Coffee Shop open to the public soon, so our youth can personally serve you that fresh cup of coffee. Stay tuned for our upcoming Grand Opening!

But our special needs children and youth could not access these extraordinary services and programs without you, so we want to take a moment and thank as many schools, organizations, and groups as we can, who helped make this Summer Intervention Program another success. They included:

  • ESY through the following school districts—Archbold, Benton Carroll Salem, Liberty Center, Maumee, Perrysburg, Springfield, Stryker, Washington, and Woodmore,
  • Family Sponsorship Program through Sara’s Garden
  •  Post Adoption Special Services Subsidy (PASSS) Funding
  • Henry County Family and Children First Council (FCFC)
  • Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD) in Fulton, Henry, Lucas, and Williams Counties
  • Downs Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo (DSAGT)
  • Community Fund Ohio
  • Anne Grady Center
  • Avenues for Autism
  • Project iAM/Acoustics for Autism
  • Northwest Ohio Apraxia Support
  • Ohio Elks
  • The Megan Weisenbach Foundation
  • University of Toledo’s SLP Program and all of its dedicated graduate school students
  • And of course, many, many family and friends

THANK YOU SO MUCH for caring about and supporting our special needs kids as they work to become more and more independent, working to reach their full potential!

Michelle Nagle, director at our Springfield Campus, stated, “As usual, the Summer Intervention Program this year did not disappoint! After being involved in this program for the past five Summers, it never ceases to amaze me just how quickly the kids make positive gains and benefit from services over the Summer. Our staff has done a great job implementing our plans for each of the kids and developing relationships with those that are new to us. Both the kids and the staff had fun!”

For more information on our Summer Intervention Program, to register a child, or to find out how you can help support special needs children in Northwest Ohio, please call Admissions Coordinator Ronda Rupp at 419-335-7272 or log onto our web site at https://sarasgarden.org/support/

2021 NHA Open Houses Announced

2021 NHA Open Houses Announced

WELCOME BACK NHA STUDENTS, PARENTS & OPEN HOUSES! August 16 – Springfield Campus August 17 – Wauseon & Career Center Campuses

After missing out on last year’s school open houses because of COVID, we are so grateful that the Ohio Department of Education is going to allow open houses this year! We are excited to welcome back all of our New Horizons Academy (NHA) students and parents at our school open houses on August 16-17.

To accommodate current health department guidelines and to give parents and students more time to find their rooms and more individual time with fewer distractions to talk with their teachers, principal, therapists, conductors, and classmates, NHA will be staggering its open house schedule by age groups across two nights.

Monday, August 16 Springfield Campus 6201 Trust Dr., Holland

  • 6:00-6:30 p.m. STARS & Elementary Classes
  • 6:30-7:00 p.m. Middle School & High School Classes
  • 7:00-7:30 p.m. PACE Program

Tuesday, August 17 Wauseon Campus 220 Lawrence Ave.

  • 5:30-6:00 p.m. STARS Classes
  • 6:00-6:30 p.m. Elementary Classes
  • 6:30-7:00 p.m. Pre-PACE, CE & Middle School Classes

620 W. Leggett St.

  • 7:00-7:30 p.m. Junior High & High School Classes

Career Center 854 S. Shoop Ave.

  • 7:30-8:00 p.m. Career Center Program

For more information on any of the open houses, please call the school offices:

  • Wauseon: 419-335-7272
  • Springfield: 567-703-1322.

NHA Still Accepting Students

NHA Still Accepting Students

New Horizons Academy (NHA) is still accepting preschool to high school students into its regional special needs schools and special education programs at our Wauseon campus (220 Lawrence Ave. in Wauseon), Springfield Township campus (6201 Trust Dr. in Holland), and new Career Center and vocational training campus (854 S. Shoop Ave. in Wauseon). Classes begin August 18, so get your school application in TODAY!

At New Horizons Academy, kids come first. We exist for our students; our students do not exist for the school. Students don’t have to fit into classes. The classes and programs are made to meet the individual student’s needs. If this sounds like the educational program that’s right for your child or the school that you are looking for, then please call Admissions Coordinator Ronda Rupp today and learn more about our special education programs and schedule a tour of our campuses.

All of our special education students are on individual education plans (IEP’s) and qualify for the Ohio Department of Education’s Autism or Jon Peterson’s Special Needs Scholarships. NHA accepts both the Autism and Jon Peterson Scholarships as payment in full for our students’ tuition and therapy services during the school day. Cost is not and should not be the reason that special needs children miss out on the early intervention, special education, or vocational training experiences that they so desperately need.

Is NHA Right for Your Child?

  • Regional special education classes for students aged 3-21
  • With less than a 1:2—staff to student ratio
  • Individualized, personalized education
  • Strong academics, community involvement, life skills classes, vocational skills, work site placements, and job coaches
  • Helps students to reach their full potential and become as independent as they can possibly be
  • Including early intervention, conductive education (CE), sensory integration, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, music instruction, and the College Credit Plus (CCP) Program
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) School
  • Vocational opportunities through the Special Grounds Coffee Shop & Event Center with youth transition to community programs and jobs
  • Students from 9 counties and over 25 different school districts

Time is short. The next school year is just around the corner; so, for more information or to schedule a tour, call Admissions Coordinator Ronda Rupp at 419-335-7272, email rondar@sarasgarden.org, or log onto the school website at newhorizonsacademy.org.