Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation and the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation are partnering to host a June 22 walk to help families pay for ongoing therapy for their children.
The second annual Little Feet, BIG Hearts walk starts at 10 a.m. on June 22 at Ty Warner Park, near the corner of Plaza and Blackhawk drives in Westmont. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Activities will include games, a visit with service animal dogs, face painting, water balloons, arts and crafts, balloon animals, a bubble machine for children and a 50/50 raffle. A DJ will offer up music throughout the morning.
Every year, Paulson encounters situations where a family’s insurance benefits do not fully cover all the necessary therapies that their child needs. Paulson has supported families in need since 2005, providing $5,000 per patient whose insurance coverage falls short before the year ends.
Carla Pister, manager of Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation, said the program was started because of her ongoing frustration with one particular child’s insurance coverage running out every July.
“This child’s parents then had to decide what therapies to cut back on for the rest of the year since, even with a self-pay discount, the cost for all his therapies each week was overwhelming,” Pister said.
Lara Suleiman of Oak Brook is part of a group of Paulson parents helping organize this year’s walk. Suleiman’s daughter, Jayda, has been going to Paulson since she was 3.
“We consider the people at Paulson our family,” Suleiman said. “It’s not just about the therapy over there. The moment we enter, we get hugs and lots of love.”
Paulson has supported more than 30 families and provided more than $186,000 for therapy services. The grant is run through the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation.
In addition to walk participants, event sponsors and donors are sought. Sponsorships range from $200 to $500 or more, and raffle donations are also being accepted. Donations can be made by calling 630-856-2008, or by mailing a donation to the attention of: Foundation, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, P.O. Box 130, Hinsdale IL 60522-0130.
Online donations can be made at hinsdalehospitalfoundation.org.
For more information on the event and on Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation, call 630-856-2600.