The WHAS Crusade for Children proudly helps children with special needs all over Kentucky and southern Indiana. Thanks to your gifts the youngster you're about to hear about was able to celebrate his 11th birthday with his classmates in Hancock County.
"Happy birthday dear Ian, happy birthday to you," everyone sang.
As Ian Hageman blows out the candles on his birthday cake, he's not only celebrating his 11th birthday, he's celebrating several milestones that your generosity helped to provide.
"It became very evident in kindergarten and first grade that he had difficulty holding pencils and what not. He has fine motor skills, deficiency sensory integration function issue, as well as delay in speech, said Ian's mom, Elizabeth Hageman. "And now we found out during the school system here in Kentucky that he also has Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
Despite those conditions Ian is a bright young man who has been playing chess since he was four years old. With the use of tools like a portable keyboard, which was funded by the Crusade.
Ian has been able to develop even beyond his mother's expectations.
"He's doing great. He's making A's and B's in school, and he's really caught up a lot to his age level in the different areas."
Elizabeth said Ian really began to excel when he came to Wendell Foster's Campus, an Owensboro, Ky., agency funded in part by your gifts to the crusade.
"The three years he's been in therapy there it's just been amazing how well he's progressed."
Elizabeth also said not only has Ian done well in his classwork, but he's really grown socially, especially through the North Hancock Elementary Chess Club.
"it's really been good for him to learn that sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose, and that's all part of the learning process."
You can see Chris Allen broadcasting live from the WHAS Crusade for children this weekend. He'll be broadcasting from Columbia on June 2, 2007, from 6-7 p.m,. and he'll be live at Rough River State Park on Sunday from 1-3 p.m.