DLC had a special visitor drop by. Simon’s mom brought him by to show us his progress. Simon is now 7 years old and attending Dinsmore Elementary School. He is in a typical first grade class and is reading at the top level. He was thrilled to see us and told us all about himself. All of our staff was just as thrilled to see him as most of them worked with Simon as a baby.
Also his mom, Laura, has graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business and is applying to the University of Florida to become a Speech Therapist. This has all been possible because DLC was able to care for Simon so mom could attend college years ago.
What a great success for Simon, his mom, DLC and also to those of you that have supported DLC over the last 17 ½ years. We hope this story and the follow-up report will bless each of you and encourage you to continue giving to our worthy cause. We could use your donations now more than ever as we are serving 75-80 children at a time and our costs are sky rocketing. With God’s help we hope to be around for many years to come and for all the “Simon’s” that need us.
When Simon started at DLC we were told he would not live past the age of two and had a “Do not resuscitate order.” He had what is called a Lysencephaly or a “smooth brain.” This meant he would be losing skills and couldn’t improve. He had many physical deformities but seemed to be quite alert. The teachers and therapists worked with Simon on his skills and in spite of the doctors diagnosis Simon was learning. He began crawling, standing, walking and imitating sounds at 18 months old. The doctors did a brain scan to check his progress and his brain had fully developed and was within the normal range. The “Do not resuscitate order” was rescinded. Because of his genetic syndrome this is impossible, according to his doctor, but we know that all things are possible at DLC with God’s help!