I donated $75 in support of this campaign.
"I want more people to experience the magic of this therapy."
How can sadness, pride and conviction all share the same moment? That was the question I was asking myself at the conclusion of a grandmother's story. Her grandson has autism and requires a lot of assistance and care. She was saying how they didn't know what it was about horse therapy but it made a huge difference his life. It was a comment made by many in her family. She was overjoyed that after not participating in this therapy for the last two years, in 2018, her grandson would be able to be part of this wonderful therapy again. You see the program where he lived did not have scholarship assistance and there were no other funding sources available. But funding had been opened up for 2018 and they were so happy.
I wanted to cry for this family because they knew what worked for their child but could not afford access to it for two years. At the same time, my heart swelled with pride because at REINS our amazing community of supporters would have made his participation possible. I left that conversation more convinced than ever that living our belief statement "that everyone should be able to experience the power of this program regardless of their ability to pay" was more important than ever.
At REINS, we have never had to turn a rider away. That is only possible because of the generosity of so many who believe in the benefits of this therapy. Thank you seems like a small response to the magnitude of your gifts. Know that you fill my heart with hope, strengthen my commitment to this program and make me proud to be a part of this community we call REINS.
Remember that because of your generosity 43 people were able to receive this therapy in 2017 and in 2018, we are offering the opportunity to 106 people. Together we are making a difference. Thanks for your support.
Deana Hamel, REINS, Inc, Executive Officer