The Julia Anne Kirsch Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of those with significant developmental disabilities and their families. The Foundation honors the memory of a very special girl, Julia Anne Kirsch, who had multiple disabilities and faced many medical challenges. It was through Julia that her parents, Teri and Cliff, became aware of the real challenges and barriers that the disabled and their families face every day of their lives. It was also through Julia that they learned of the special potential each individual holds and that they and their families can lead a full and happy life.
We are so excited to restart our basketball clinics this winter. “Mighty Mike” Simmel, the founder of Bounce Out the Stigma (www.bounceoutthestigma.org), will once again run the clinics. Mighty Mike’s program seeks to empower children and teens by instilling self-confidence and improving motor . . .
Alex loved his old adapted tricycle but had outgrown it. Then, when he had spinal fusion surgery, he needed something to help his legs and trunk muscles get stronger. It was such a pleasure to grant Alex a new adapted tricycle to help him exercise and give him lots of fun. . . .
When two teen sisters with muscular dystrophy received free tickets to a concert, they needed a specialized van to get there. Our handicap van grant rental program, allowed the girls to enjoy a fun afternoon of music and to meet their favorite singers, Annie and Sky. . . .
We held a garage and bake sale fundraiser to raise money for an adapted bike for a boy with special needs. Both the weather and the turnout was wonderful. We are so appreciative of all the people who stopped by, donated items and baked goods. . . .