Tuesday, July 8, 2008

ACCDAT Golf Tournament

In a previous post I mentioned a fund raiser that will be occurring in September to benefit A Child Can Do All Things (or Conductive Education of Dallas). This is the organization where Grace attends the conductive education camp that I have mentioned several times in my blog. On September 22 there will be a golf tournament and family luau. It is great fun and I wanted to give you the opportunity to participate if you would like. Below is a letter that Abe and I have sent out requesting sponsorship which will explain what ACCDAT means to us and you can see more info about the golf tournament on accdat.org at Annual Golf Classic. There is detailed information about sponsorship levels, or if you just want to play golf, or if you just want to come swim and drink beer at the luau. Please email me (address below) if you want more info.
We would like to send you a packet about a very special golf tournament that is helping change the lives of families with children who have motor disabilities. The 3rd Annual A Child Can Do All Things Golf Tournament and Family Luau, which will be September 22, offers several unique sponsorship opportunities or just a fun day of golf for your family and friends. It is our hope that you or your company will consider becoming involved by participating, sponsoring or simply donating funds to help local children and families. Please read on to see the impact this organization is making in our lives.

One of our triplets, our daughter Grace, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at age 1, and I can tell you at that moment, all you want to do is to figure out how to give your child the best possible life. After participating in numerous therapies, we learned about a type of therapy called Conductive Education, which has actually been in Europe for about 50 years and is relatively new in the U.S. There are only about ten states that have this program, and fortunately we have one in Dallas at A Child Can Do All Things (ACCDAT), an IRS Sec 501(c)(3) organization.

Grace participated in this therapy at two 4-week camps, and our physical therapist will concur that the results have been amazing! Conductive Education is a combined special education and physical therapy, based on the concept that motor control can be learned and re-learned. Trained professionals (some from Hungary) work with the children in intense day-long therapy sessions which include a lot of repetition. When this is begun at an early age, it is possible that the child will walk one day. We now have that hope for Grace.

Because tuition for ACCDAT is not covered by insurance or Medicaid, parents and fundraising keep the organization running. Therefore you see the reason this golf tournament is so important. We must strive to keep the program affordable for the current families enrolled and bring in more families and more certified trainers. Many families already come from other cities like Houston, spending a month in Dallas so their child can go through the program.

Please join us and be a part of this golf tournament, understanding that your sponsorship dollars directly benefit the children of A Child Can Do All Things. I hope you will take a minute to visit the video link from 60 Minutes on ACCDAT's Web site that explains Conductive Education extremely well (go to “What is Conductive Education?” link on the Web site for the story).

We would love to talk to you more about this incredible organization and hope you can participate. Not only will the golf tournament be lots of fun, it’s for a wonderful cause. Thanks for your consideration.

All our best!

Jacolyn and Abe Lieck


Anonymous said...

I am so proud of her.

AZ Chapman said...

I would love to play but I live in CA sorry

I might be going to Texas later this year mabe we could meet (

BusyLizzyMom said...

Do you mind if we come move near you so we can enroll Elizabeth in with Grace? It looks like a great center. That is great that you wrote the letter and are supporting the center. So many people have a close minded opinion of CE. Good for you.

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