We know that the tool of hippotherapy, integrated into high-quality pediatric occupational and physical therapy, can change lives. And every day at TherAplay we are energized by the prospect of making a difference in the lives of children with special needs.
Of course there are expenses associated with integrating horses into therapy. While a one-hour therapy session costs TherAplay $200, on average we are only reimbursed for $80 of that. That's why TherAplay must raise $400,000 - $500,000 in funds through donations, event, and grants each year - to cover that gap.
So you can understand why we were ecstatic to learn this month that Tony Stewart Foundation (TSF) had chosen to support TherAplay once again through their Grant Accelerator program.
But this year TSF upped the ante with a $15,000 grant - the highest amount awarded this year. TherAplay is one of only five organizations in the country to receive a TSF grant at this level.
We are delighted to apply this grant, along with the donations received through Fund-An-Item at the 2013 Hoe-Down, toward the purchase and implementation of a patient electronic medical records system.
Do you receive the TSF newsletter? If so then you already know that along with the grant announcement TSF also shared about TherAplay, specifically the great gains TherAplay kiddo Olivia has made here.
We’d love for you to meet Olivia too! Find out about the amazing gains her family has seen since she began treatment at TherAplay.
We are deeply appreciative of the many ways TSF has supported TherAplay in the past and continues to support us today. It makes a world of difference for the special needs children in central Indiana.
Thank you. Thank you so very much.