The Stories

March 10, 2017

Our son's name is K. We noticed that he wasn't meeting the developmental milestones when he was 5-months-old, and sought the help of a pediatric neurologist. This was the beginning of a long road of testing, biopsies, hospitalizations, tube feedings, endless therapies,...

February 20, 2017

I have a set of 5-year-old triplets who were born at 26 weeks, weighing less than 2 pounds each. Two of the boys, Kellen and Bryce, had strokes at birth and now have a form of cerebral palsy. Therapy is so important to our family. Yes, my boys get therapy at school, bu...

February 19, 2017

We have twins, who both have developmental disabilities! With them come two large smiles, two sweet giggles, and two sets of needed therapies. 

Martin is 3.5 years old and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Periventricular leukomalacia, and Global Developmental Delay (...

January 17, 2017

Will is an almost 6 year who has a smile that can warm an entire room. Will loves to play ball, blow bubbles, go for walks, and shake your hand. But if you look closer you will see that Will wears an insert in his tennis shoe, wrist bands on his wrists to wipe his chin...

January 9, 2017

Ann is a silly, spunky 10-year-old farm girl. She loves "working" with her little brother and parents on their hog farm in Tuscumbia. Ann has epilepsy and has been in and out of the hospital her entire life. In addition to having daily seizures, Ann has global delays a...

January 5, 2017

Logan was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 1/2-years-old. We started speech therapy through First Steps at about 26mo of age. Despite him only having a word or two at that time and being functionally nonverbal now at 7 1/2-years-old, he only barely qualified for Fir...

January 1, 2017

This is Tucker.  Tucker is a laid-back, funny, and intelligent 1 ½ year old who is much like other kids his age, in most areas.  He loves to play outside, try new things, and chase his puppy around the house.  One thing that makes Tucker unlike peers his age is his gro...

December 30, 2016

     Up to this point, Nathan's face has been the face on this legislative effort. He is just one of too many children with developmental disabilities who have not been able to get necessary therapies. Hopefully, as more people tell their stories, we will be able to re...

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This legislation and the people it would affect aren't simply words and names on paper. There are real people not getting the help they need. This legislation would provide life-changing therapies for thousands of children and adults with developmental disabilities throughout Missouri. Read some of our stories.


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