Support Josey Hrosko (Lashley)

Support Josey Hrosko (Lashley)

Thank you for all the support of our family over the past four years since Josey’s birth and especially recently as we dealt with some unexpected medical issues in our family. Here is an update on Josey’s story and current circumstances.

We were surprised to learn at a routine ultrasound at 38 weeks gestation that Josey was small. After being referred to maternal fetal medicine for a more in-depth ultrasound, we learned she had intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR). They said she was less than 4lbs and I could choose to have her “today or tomorrow”. Luckily tomorrow worked out, and after all my worry about her health throughout the pregnancy, when she was born, the worry disappeared because she looked absolutely perfect and healthy, at a small 3.6 lbs. She spent 16 days in the NICU for basic monitoring. We also learned that Josey has trisomy-21 (Down Syndrome).

IUGR is a pathological restriction of fetal weight. Placental insufficiency causes the reduced fetal weight and growth during pregnancy. The fetus is also deprived of an adequate supply of oxygen which can also cause impaired brain function. Josey was also discovered to have a small hole in her heart, a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO), which we learned will close on its own, probably around the age 5 or 6. The degree to which these things have affected her development are unknown, but we feel that they have had some role. We do know Josey is a fighter with a strong spirit. It is a miracle for her just to be born and survive all the supposed odds stacked against her.

When we came home with Josey as a newborn, we started the county funded home therapy program. It never felt right to me, and Josey thoroughly despised it. We were told “Josey doesn’t want to do ‘xyz’ because it’s too hard”. We felt this wasn’t true, that there was another barrier to her development. At the age of 1, Josey was still an infant developmentally, and we stopped those services. We also looked into some alternative approaches to therapy, Josey had some small gains developmentally. We stuck with this method called ABM/Anat Baniel Method, which is rooted in neurodevelopment, over the year with a lot of breaks due to the pandemic. At the age of 2, Josey was still at infant level. We discovered Brain Bright in Toledo when Josey was around 2.5 years old. Brain Bright uses a holistic approach to treat the root cause of a diagnosis through neuroplasticity, essentially helping to “rewire the brain”. At almost 4, and in combination with a healthy whole foods diet, supplementation in needed vitamins and minerals, Josey is now showing us who she is! She has become an affectionate, giggly girl, and she has just starting hugging this year! It feels like a gift from God to get a hug from Josey.

Developmentally, Josey has not advanced when compared to other similarly aged peers with down syndrome. At this moment, our near 4-year-old is still mostly dependent like a baby. She can now sit on her own and can eat finger foods.

During our time at Brain Bright, we decided she was ready for physical therapy. And after a very stressful 4-5 months and no changes from a PT perspective, we had to take a break. It was during this time I remembered a conversation I had with a person when Josey was a newborn. They told us about a place called Sara’s Garden. They had known a child with down syndrome who attended there for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and it helped tremendously. For Josey’s 4th Birthday in August, I would love to do HBOT for her. Everyone around her can see she is ready for more.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been very successful in treating individuals with developmental disabilities. However, in the United States it is not recognized as being therapeutic for these treatments and is therefore not covered by insurance. That is why we could really use your help. HBOT for Josey’s condition is only $100 per treatment at Sara’s Garden (as opposed to $1,500-2,500 per treatment at a hospital). However, since our plan is for her to receive at least 40 HBOT treatments that cost adds up quickly.

If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $100 HBOT treatment it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in Josey’s name and will be used for her treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Josey’s name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write her name directly on the check. You can also donate online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.

We are prepared to pay out of pocket like usual for Josey’s alternative therapies, but as they say: “If you don’t ask, you don’t know.” We would appreciate any donations to Josey’s new hopeful oxygen therapy, given that her mom also has another surgery scheduled this fall.

We love you all and thank you again for your continued support and understanding.

John, Jill, Jake and Josey

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Support Kyler Campbell

Support Kyler Campbell

Hello!

My name is Kyler Campbell and I’m writing to ask for financial assistance to go to summer camp. I am 18 years of age and I have a disability called Cerebral Palsy. I have had this disability since birth.

Conductive Education (CE) at Sara’s Garden has benefited me tremendously over the years! When I first started attending New Horizons Academy at Sara’s Garden I was confined to my wheelchair. Because of the skills and motor function I gained from Conductive Education, I went from being wheelchair-bound to being able to walk in just a short time. CE has also benefited me mentally. It has shown me what I am capable of if I put my mind to whatever task I am attempting to accomplish just what I can accomplish! Each day I wake up and know I will face challenges. Day after day of managing my limitations could begin to work on my mental state and mood. My stretching program (CE) helps not only my body but it helps my mind.

At one point, I was walking 2,000 feet in a week and I would not have been able to do that without the great people at Sara’s Garden and New Horizons Academy. Unfortunately, 2020 took a toll on my body as I was not able to receive all of the therapies I needed due to COVID restrictions. Thankfully, I have been able to begin getting some of my abilities and functionality back this past school year.

Conductive Education have been very successful in working with individuals with Cerebral Palsy. However, in the United States insurance companies do not recognize it as being therapeutic for the treatment of CP and therefore will not cover the cost for treatments. That is why I could really use your help. The Conductive Education summer program is only $35 per hour at Sara’s Garden. However, that cost adds up quickly. Unfortunately, I recently moved out of my parent’s house so I don’t have the funding to go to summer camp which would help keep my body loose. Summer camp would be very beneficial for me so that I don’t lose the progress I have gained during this past year.

If you could assist me with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $35 hour of CE it would help reduce my overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in my name and will be used for my treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with my name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write my name directly on the check. You can also donate online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.

With your generous help I will be able to continue to keep my body loose and my mind healthy. It will also help keep me connected with the family I love at Sara’s Garden and New Horizons Academy. Thank you so much for considering to support my therapies at Sara’s Garden.

Kyler Campbell

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Support Rylee Hannah

Support Rylee Hannah

In many ways, Rylee is a typical 15-year-old girl. She rolls her eyes, sighs in annoyance, loves fashion, glitter, music, and food. She enjoys riding her therapy horse, participating in an adaptive ice skating program, swimming & also playing Miracle League Baseball. Covid put a hault to all therapy programs for the last year, but we are excited to have the opportunity to attend Saras Garden this summer! In the past, Rylee has made significant progress while being involved in the conductive education program and hyperbaric oxygen sessions that they offer. Due to a very rare genetic disorder known as CDKL5, Rylee is unable to verbally communicate, to walk, and has very limited motor skills. She also suffers from epilepsy. She is wheelchair bound and requires full assistance from a caregiver. The intensive therapy that will be offered to her, helps significantly improve her strength and ability to help with transfers and everyday routine.

By the time Rylee was 6 months old, it was apparent she was not developing as a typical infant. She could not roll over, hold her bottle, sit up unassisted nor was she making any noises or mirrored gestures. We visited more than five children’s hospitals all over Ohio where she was tested for countless conditions. The result was always the same: Rylee had nothing wrong with her and was just a little developmentally behind.

When Rylee was 5 years old, we were shown a YouTube video about a very rare disease known as CDKL5 (Cyclin-Dependent Kinase-Like 5). CDKL5 is a gene that provides instructions for making a protein and is essential for normal brain development. Symptoms involve hand ringing, infantile spasms or seizure-like activity, delayed gross and fine motor skills, digestive issues, sleep apnea and more. A quick blood test and a two-week waiting period would show that Rylee indeed had CDKL5. We FINALLY had a diagnosis! I remember being relieved that she had a diagnosis, that we could finally have some sort of direction as to a plan for her life. Over the years, we have spent countless hours each year driving to and from doctor visits and therapy sessions.

About 8 years ago, we discovered Sara’s Garden in Wauseon Ohio. Sara’s Garden provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Conductive Education, and Sensory Integration services. After much research, I was convinced that these services would be crucial for Rylee’s development. Rylee has been a part of the program and treatments at Sara’s Garden several times. Every time she attends, she gains improvement with her strength and her communication abilities.

We would like to attend Sara’s Garden again during this summer. Unfortunately, in the United States insurance will often not reimburse for HBOT treatment or Conductive Education for CDKL5, even though there is an acknowledgment that it may be therapeutic. That is why I could really use your help. HBOT for Rylee is only $100 per treatment, however, she will complete 30 HBOT treatments totaling around $3,500. Additionally, Conductive Education and Sensory Integration during June for Rylee this year is $1,550. As you can imagine, the cost quickly adds up. Aside from those cost, there will be travel, housing and additional food cost as well which the family will also be responsible for out of pocket.

If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $100 HBOT treatment or part of the intervention services, it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in Rylee’s name and will be used for her treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Rylee’s name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write her name directly on the check. You can also donate online via credit card clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.

Thank you so much for considering supporting Rylee and even more for your continuous love and support of Rylee!

Aubrey Sopher

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Support Jaedyn Knight

Support Jaedyn Knight

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent, and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings. Our daughter, Jaedyn, has thrived in the Sara’s Garden community. Despite having Spina Bifida, we have watched her walk across the gym floors using only canes. The determination on her sweet face as she took one small step at a time made many eyes in the crowd tear up.

One day while getting ready for school, Jaedyn surprised me by saying she could put her own shirt on. I handed it to her then watched as she slipped her arms through, poked her head up, and smiled her infectious smile when she was done.  Jaedyn has learned to brush her teeth, bathe herself, get mostly dressed, and help with her own medical routines. She has grown more independent with the help of her teachers, paraprofessionals, peers, and her own amazing attitude. We are blessed to be included in the Sara’s Garden community.

Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us. Jaedyn is the epitome of this. Her smile demands those in her presence to smile. Her laughs will at least pull a chuckle out of you. Her positivity energetically radiates off of her. Our daughter will befriend anybody. Her heart does not discriminate. We hear from her everyday about her adventures at school and fun times with friends. One of Jaedyn’s favorite things to do is attend church to socialize with the good-hearted people there. She thoroughly enjoys putting in effort to get to know anybody. We are incredibly proud of her for showing love although it’s easy for her because that is who she is. Good people deserve good things. We continue to try to give her our best efforts every day. That’s what she gives to us.

You may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it. Jaedyn has never viewed her Spina Bifida as a hinderance. She continues to be determined against her obstacles. Sara’s Garden offers a month-long camp in the summer that helps children with mobility, independence, flexibility, and life skills. We believe that because of her positive attitude and tremendous strength she will continue to improve and succeed with the help of this amazing program. However, we do need help financing this opportunity.

The month-long Conductive Education camp runs for four hours each day, for 19 days, and the cost of $2,660.00 is not covered by insurance.  If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $35 hour of therapy it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in Jaedyn’s name and will be used for her treatments.  Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Jaedyn’s name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check.  Please do NOT write her name directly on the check. You can also donate online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below. 

Our family would be grateful for any help getting our Jaedyn into this camp. Thank you to all, and God bless Sara’s Garden.

Joe Knight

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Support Anderson Rolf

Support Anderson Rolf

On December 15, 2020, I took our 2-year-old son, Anderson, to the emergency room. As if 2020 could be any worse, right!? The night prior, my husband and I thought our toddler was just being goofy and making funny faces at the dinner table. In the morning, however, it was very apparent he wasn’t messing around.

The right side of his face just drooped and no longer moved along with the left side. I took him to the emergency room knowing it was Bell’s Palsy but also really praying I was right and it wasn’t a stroke. It was indeed Bell’s Palsy. Bell’s Palsy is an unexplained episode of facial muscle weakness or paralysis. It begins suddenly and worsens over 48 hours. This condition results from damage to the facial nerve (the 7th cranial nerve) and can strike anyone at any age.

The ER doctors said that while they didn’t know what caused Anderson to experience Bell’s Palsy, it would most likely go away as quickly as it came on, usually in just a couple weeks to a few months. They also figured with him being so young that it would quickly go away. Well, it didn’t. We even noticed things like his right ear being overly sensitive to loud noises, he was experiencing pain in his face and his eyelid didn’t close fully.

Over an entire year full of doctor’s appointments, chiropractor appointments, blood draws and trying many home remedies to help his little face heal. He has definitely made improvements but the progress stalled out around 60%. We miss his beautiful full smile and his ability to talk so well with adult-like enunciation. He’s still so handsome, so smart and oh so sweet! We love him to pieces no matter what! But we would love for the chance for him to heal completely and show us that amazing, full smile again.

We have recently discovered Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and learned that it has been extremely successful in treating people who suffer from nerve damage such as Bell’s Palsy. Hyperbaric oxygen has the ability to create massive amounts of stem cells in the body. Studies show that the body produces 800% more stem cells after 40 treatments of HBOT. The body uses these stem cells as extra resources to heal and recover, since stem cells are able to grow up into any kind of cell the body needs. In the case of Bell’s Palsy there can be body tissues which need to be repaired even after toxins and pathogens have been removed from the body. The stem cells produced by HBOT are able to repair this damage. There is a facility right here in Northwest Ohio that we can go to called Sara’s Garden.

Unfortunately, in the United States insurance companies do not recognize HBOT as being therapeutic for the treatment of Bell’s Palsy and therefore will not cover the cost for treatments. That is why we could really use your help. HBOT for Anderson is only $150 per treatment at Sara’s Garden (as opposed to $1,500-2,500 per treatment at a hospital).

If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $150 HBOT treatment it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in Anderson’s name and will be used for his treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Anderson’s name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write his name directly on the check. You can also donate online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.

Thank you so much for considering to support Anderson’s treatments at Sara’s Garden!

Ashley & Ryan Rolf

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Support Jodi Tuckerman

Support Jodi Tuckerman

At the end of December 2021 I tested positive for COVID-19, despite taking all of the recommended precautions to avoid it. Even though I did not have any upper respiratory symptoms or issues during my time with COVID, I was left with a post-COVID cough that lasted the entire months of January and February.

Most people who have had COVID-19 recover completely within a few weeks. But some people, like myself, continue to experience symptoms long after their initial recovery even after having only mild versions of the disease. These people, given the name “Long Haulers”, have in theory recovered from the worst impacts of COVID-19. However, we continue to experience symptoms.

The list of long hauler symptoms is long, wide and inconsistent. For me, the lasting coronavirus symptoms are nothing like the original symptoms when I was first infected with COVID-19. Not only have I struggled with coughing, but this has led to ongoing fatigue, body aches and shortness of breath that I didn’t have during the height of illness.

After reaching out to my doctors, I was given a 5-day steroid regimen and an inhaler to use as needed. Unfortunately, neither helped. As soon as the steroid was gone, I felt my cough move even farther down into my chest and a week later, I ended at the Urgent Care. This time, doctors prescribed a high dose of Zithromax with again provided no relief from the cough. At this point, I contacted and my doctor and requested a chest X-ray. The X-ray came back clear and I was given another 10-day steroid treatment, which I am finishing up now. So far, it has not provided me with the desired relief.

My hope is to receive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatment at Sara’s Garden to get relief from these long hauler symptoms and get this cough taken care of. We believe this treatment will help me in my recovery as HBOT is currently being used and studied as an effective form of treatment for lingering COVID-19 symptoms due to its ability to reverse hypoxia, reduce neuro-inflammation, and improve tissue oxygenation amongst other benefits. HBOT also acts as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal agent. It also decreases inflammation and swelling, increases energy, and increases the body’s white blood cell activity, boosting the immune system and promoting healing.

Due to the newness of COVID-19 long hauler issues, HBOT is not recognized by insurance companies as a treatment for his condition and therefore will not cover the cost of the treatments. Several people have reached out and asked how they can help. Your prayers for his recovery have been so important and meaningful to us. If you feel so inclined, we could also use your help for HBOT treatments. HBOT treatments for my condition are only $150 per treatment at Sara’s Garden as opposed to $1,500-$2,000 at a hospital.

If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $150 treatment it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received will go into an account in my name and will be used for my treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with my name written on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please DO NOT write my name directly on the check itself. You can also donate securely online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.

Thank you so much for considering to support my treatments at Sara’s Garden.

Jodi Tuckerman

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Support Amy Roth

Support Amy Roth

For the past 10 years, I have been struggling with digestive issues, food sensitivities, and chronic pain. I’ve tried dietary changes, chiropractic care, massage, oils, supplements and prescription medications. However, I could never seem to get relief from the pain, bloating and food sensitivity. In 2017, my primary doctor referred me to get a colonoscopy but the GI doctor decided I needed to cleanse my colon and begin a Low FODMAP (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) diet, chalking my symptoms up to stress, IBS and Fibromyalgia. The plan didn’t seem to fix my symptoms. I just learned to work through the pain, but never could shake off the nagging feeling that something was wrong.

I started having more issues with my bowels in the spring of 2020 when everything was shut down due to COVID. I saw a GI doctor in the fall who again suggested that I do a Miralax cleanse, thinking that the cause was constipation. I pushed further and convinced the doctor to do a colonoscopy and endoscopy to be sure. When I woke from the colonoscopy, I was told that a very large mass was found in the sigmoid junction of my colon that would have to be removed ASAP. I was told that it was likely cancerous.

I had a partial colon resection about a month later and received a stage 3 cancer diagnosis. My family and I contracted COVID at Christmas which slowed things down a bit. In February 2021 I had my port put in and began 12 rounds of chemo. The treatment took longer than expected because I had a few weeks I was unable to do treatment due to low white blood cell counts. I finally finished chemo at the end of September 2021. Within a couple weeks, I had blood in my stool and contacted my doctor. A follow-up colonoscopy revealed that the cancer was back, this time in the rectum. It was determined that 28 treatments of chemo and radiation to shrink the tumor before surgery would be best. I have completed those treatments and recovered from COVID a second time. On April 5, I will undergo surgery to have more of my colon and my rectum removed and be given a temporary ileostomy while I heal. I will hopefully have a second surgery this summer to reverse the ileostomy.

Cancer has stolen so much from me and my family the last 1½ years. I am longing to get moving again and have some adventures. Unfortunately, I have neuropathy in my feet as a side effect of chemo which affects my balance and makes walking difficult. As a family we have been researching additional holistic treatment options to help me with these side effects and heal from the pending surgeries. My husband’s Aunt Connie used to work at Sara’s Garden and she has told us so many stories of how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has helped people heal from a variety of issues, including cancer, neuropathy and surgery recovery. I am planning to do HBOT therapy at Sara’s Garden after my surgery and am hoping and praying that I can get some relief from the neuropathy as well as speed recovery.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for my condition is only $150 per treatment at Sara’s Garden (as opposed to $1,500-2,500 per treatment at a hospital). Unfortunately, in the United States insurance companies do not recognize HBOT as being therapeutic for the treatment of cancer or neuropathy and will therefore not cover the cost of the treatments even though it is widely recognized as a crucial tool in helping someone recover from the ravaging effects of cancer treatments (such as chemotherapy and radiation).

If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $150 treatment it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received will go into an account in my name and will be used for my treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with my name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do not write my name directly on the check. You can also donate securely online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.

I have an amazing support system of friends and family who have given so generously of their resources, their time, words of encouragement and most importantly their prayers. My Faith in God is what has carried me through this last year and a half. To say things have been hard is an understatement, but God has been so good and I have felt his love and care through the kindness and generosity of so many amazing people! Thank you so much for considering the support of these treatments.

Amy Roth and family

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Support Mary Kraft

Support Mary Kraft

Mary was born with a brain malformation called Lissencephaly, which means “smooth brain”. It is a neuronal migration disorder where the brain stopped forming correctly at about fourteen weeks gestation. This malformation causes intellectual and physical disability as well has difficult to treat seizures.

Mary’s journey for the past ten years has been quite a rollercoaster of medical mysteries, terrifying lows and incredible comebacks. We discovered her malformation at 35 weeks in utero. Her birth was expected to be fraught with danger and a great deal of medical intervention. She arrived, however, perfect and beautiful with a 9/9 APGAR and, with the exception of an MRI showing otherwise, zero evidence of her malformation. Even after being held over in the NICU for four days, the experts could find no reason to keep her.

The seizures didn’t begin until she was five months old. After a rocky first two years of seizures and medications with awful side effects, we were finally able to reign in the seizing and started intense Feldenkrais and ABM therapies, horseback riding and early intervention. Her personality emerged as cute, funny and tough as nails.

Mary enjoyed good health, good seizure control and astounding development. She had progressed to the point where she could walk independently, speak with an ever-growing vocabulary and recognize numbers, colors and most letters. These skills are slowly being stripped away by uncontrollable seizures and systemic infections that started around her ninth birthday. The changes that have come with growing up are triggering both structural and hormonal imbalances that are ravaging her body and her brain.

We have pulled out all the stops to try to get a handle on this new medical mystery. After countless tests, medications, doctors, treatments and a new diagnosis (Spina bifida occulta), we have a somewhat improved management with diet and medication. We are now trying to do everything we can to help her recover from the injury that the seizures have inflicted on her brain and possibly heal some of the damage to her organs.

Over the years I have often come across the healing power of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and know a family who has helped their child with this treatment. We believe this treatment could be crucial for Mary’s development. In many cases, HBOT has improved the client’s fine and gross motor skills, cognitive ability, vision, physical healing and seizure control. We’ve learned there is a non-profit facility right here in Northwest Ohio that we can go to called Sara’s Garden.

Unfortunately, in the United States, insurance companies do not recognize HBOT as being therapeutic for the treatment of brain injuries or seizures and therefore will not cover the cost for treatments despite the positive stories of tremendous benefits it provides. That is why we could really use your help. HBOT for Mary’s condition is only $100 per treatment at Sara’s Garden (as opposed to $1,500-2,500 per treatment at a hospital). Since, our goal for her is to receive at least one round of 40 HBOT treatments, that cost adds up quickly.

If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $100 HBOT treatment it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in Mary’s name and will be used for her treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Mary’s name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write her name directly on the check. You can also donate online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.

Thank you so much for considering to sponsor Mary’s HBOT treatments at Sara’s Garden! We are so grateful for your support

Traci Kraft

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Support Brody Hughes

Support Brody Hughes

Our son Brody Lee Hughes was born on November, 29 2016. Brody was born healthy and so loved. He loved being cuddled and sang lullabies as a baby. He still loves cuddling and tight hugs from anyone who will embrace him. Brody loves building, Mickey Mouse, and being outdoors.

When Brody was 2 years old, we had concerns with Brody’s language development. We also noticed he made limited eye contact and wasn’t responding to his name. Brody had a history of ear infections, which also concerned us. At that time, we were referred to a speech therapist and an ENT. Following the ENT visit, Brody was scheduled for ear tubes, tonsillectomy, and adenoid removal. At this point in Brody’s journey, we thought the surgery was the answer to Brody’s language delay.

Following Brody’s surgery, we saw little to no improvement with Brody’s language development. We began researching, and connecting with educators and everything came back to one diagnosis, Autism. A little over a year prior to Brody’s diagnosis, my husband and I welcomed Brody’s little brother, Graham. He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, a Congenital Heart Defect and Leukemia. At three weeks old, he passed away. I share this, because the loss of Graham is an important part of Brody’s story. We held Brody a little tighter and time became even more precious. Brody’s diagnosis shook us. It may have been because of the way the diagnosis was delivered or because the weight on our shoulders was already heavy. However, Brody’s Autism diagnosis didn’t change who he was, it gave us the answers we needed.

Over the past two years we have navigated Brody through his struggles. We met a wonderful speech therapist who continues to work with Brody. She celebrates his growth with us and helps us navigate the obstacles. Brody has wonderful school support who has taught him to love school, be involved, and grow. He now has a one-year-old sister who he has slowly warmed up to and loves to play with. He has family and friends who love and accept exactly who he was made to be.

Although Brody is thriving, he still has mountains to climb. His speech is significantly delayed and many of the words he does have are difficult to understand. We want to give Brody every opportunity to grow and overcome his delays that create obstacles for his everyday life. We’ve recently discovered Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and learned of its benefits in treating children with Autism. The success stories for children with Autistic tendencies are amazing. In many cases it has helped with the client’s development in communication skills, emotional skills, social skills fine and gross motor skills, and cognitive abilities. We discovered there is a facility called Sara’s Garden right here in Northwest Ohio that specializes in this treatment.

Despite the success that Sara’s Garden has had in treating clients with Autism, insurance companies do not recognize it as being therapeutic for the treatment of Autism and therefore do not cover the cost for the treatments. This is where we could really use your help. HBOT for Autism is only $100 per treatment at Sara’s Garden (as opposed to $1,500-$2,500 per treatment at a hospital). However, since the plan is for Brody to have at least 40 HBOT treatments that cost adds up quickly.

If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $100 HBOT treatment, it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of funds will go into an account in Brody’s name and will be used for his treatments. Any contribution made in this manner would be considered a tax-deductible donation, as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Brody’s name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write his name directly on the check. You can also donate securely online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.

We are thankful for every person who can help us to allow Brody to have this opportunity for HBOT.

With Love,
The Hughes Family

Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your charitable contribution is tax deductible under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, to the extent allowed by law. A receipt will be sent to you after your pledge has been received to use for tax purposes.

Support Adria Gerig

Support Adria Gerig

Our daughter, Adria Gerig, was born with Spina Bifida on November 19, 2013. Her journey has been amazing and truly a testimony to God’s faithfulness and healing power! She is 7 (almost 8) years old now and in second grade at Pettisville Elementary School. Adria loves art, gymnastics, swimming, and her family and friends! Over the summer she learned to ride a bike, and swim with no floaties! She is excelling in academics, and a great reader for her age. We are so blessed by her courage and determination to tackle hard things. She doesn’t consider herself any different, or feel bad for herself when she has to work harder than others. She is kind and caring, and a joy to be around.

Adria has recently been diagnosed with a cyst on her spine that is actively growing. It is in the original Spina Bifida repair site. It is putting pressure on the nerves, and the nerves are growing around it to try and find space. It has been decided that now is the best time to go ahead and have that removed before it starts to cause decline in function. Adria will also have a detethering surgery performed which is where they clean up all the scar tissue and detach the nerves from any surrounding structures. She will spend a couple days in the PICU, and the remainder of the week on the regular pediatric floor. The surgeon is very confident that this surgery can be performed without Adria losing any function that she currently has to her lower body. We are so grateful for this.

Adria is no stranger to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and completed 2 full rounds when she was 2 months old and again at 10 months old. The goal was to assist with healing from the surgeries and trauma she experienced that first year. We are hoping to do some more HBOT therapy after this surgery as well. It has been proven that HBOT not only speeds up healing, but decreases inflammation, pain, and risk of infection. Especially due to the location of this surgery being on her spinal cord, we want to do as much as we can to help her heal well with no complications. We are also hoping to do additional Conductive Education (CE), as recommended by her surgeon, in order for Adria to regain her endurance and mobility after surgery.

There is a facility here in Northwest Ohio that Adria has gone to for these services in the past called Sara’s Garden. Sara’s Garden is the only non-profit center in the United States to offer both HBOT and CE services and specializes in working with clients with neuromotor disabilities. We are so grateful for this center, the staff, and the care that they have provided Adria over the last 8 years! They are incredible and have been instrumental in Adria’s mobility and development. We believe that we would not be where we are today without them!

Unfortunately, in the United States insurance companies do not recognize HBOT and CE as being therapeutic for the treatment of neuromotor disabilities and therefore will not cover the cost for treatments. That is why we could really use your help. HBOT for post-surgical healing is only $150 per treatment and CE is only $35 per hour at Sara’s Garden.

If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $150 HBOT treatment or $35 hour of CE it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in Adria’s name and will be used for her treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Adria’s name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write her name directly on the check. You can also donate online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.

We believe that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Conductive Education services at Sara’s Garden will significantly aid in Adria’s post-surgical healing process.

Thank you so much for considering to support Adria’s treatments at Sara’s Garden!

Amber & Travis Gerig

Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your charitable contribution is tax deductible under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, to the extent allowed by law. A receipt will be sent to you after your pledge has been received to use for tax purposes.