Every year, we select a group of kiddos to serve as our Schreiber Ambassadors and have their stories help us tell our story to supporters. For nearly 30 years, we have always a recruited new group of kids.
Not this year. Because of COVID, we offered the 2020 Ambassadors the chance to spend another year as the public faces of Schreiber. They didn’t have all the normal opportunities to enjoy the fun of some of our events, so we thought we’d have them back if they wanted to come back. They all did.
Each of these kids have received multiple services from Schreiber. These are services that don’t exist on this scale anyplace else in central Pennsylvania, and without your generous support we would not be here and these services would go away. You have made a difference in the lives of so many children with your past support.
We did decide to add one new kiddo to the group. You can read Brooks Waller’s story below.
David Albino, who turned 5 in January, was born with cerebral palsy. He has started services with Schreiber when he was an infant, and now receives all three therapies and attends Schreiber’s S.T.A.R.S. preschool. As a result of his work at Schreiber, David has learned to sit up, stand, speak and walk and continues to improve his ability to move independently with his walker and to speak more clearly and with more words to better communicate. He and his parents live in Lititz.
“All of his experiences (at Schreiber) have been wonderful. Everyone treats him like family. He has to work extra hard because they expect great things from David. He absolutely loves everyone here.”Rebecca Albino, David’s mother
Cooper Brubaker, who is 7 years old, was born with skeletal dysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism. He recently completed his occupational therapy, where he worked on building strength and endurance in his muscles. He has been coming to Schreiber for a little more than two years, and his mother Nicole says he has made tremendous progress. He and his parents live in Penn Township near Manheim.
“To see him do things he couldn’t do before is awesome. The confidence he’s gaining is amazing. To see that he’s learning he can do things even though he’s small is incredible.”Nicole Brubaker, Cooper’s mother
Jalaya Cooper, who turned 11 in January, was diagnosed with hypotonia (low muscle tone) at the age of 7 months. She has received therapy to treat that and help her overcome a series of developmental delays since. She receives all three therapies at Schreiber, working on fine motor skills in occupational therapy; core strength, balance and coordination in physical therapy; and improving her use of words, both in speaking and with a communication device. She lives with her parents, Alex Cooper and Sandra Myers, in Lancaster.
“You come here, and everybody is willing to help care. They’re kind, they’re generous. And without them, I don’t know how much progress Jalaya would have made.”Sandra Myers, Jalaya’s mother
Elle Haines, who turns 6 in May, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and receives all three therapy services at Schreiber, and previously attended S.T.A.R.S. preschool. She works on lots of skills at Schreiber, from completing playground climbing and hopping to improving her language and social skills. Elle lives with her parents and her brother Harper in East Hempfield Township.
“Schreiber changed Elle’s life. Without the staff, we wouldn’t have been alerted to her autism so early and then so supported on the journey that followed.”Leah Haines, Elle’s mother
Gabriel Morales, who turned 5 in November, comes to Schreiber as a result of developmental delays that have affected his speech and left him with sensory processing issues. At Schreiber, he has learned how to speak more clearly so others can understand him. He has also overcome a lot of his sensitivities to textures, including sand and grass, which has helped him enjoy family vacations to the beach. Gabriel lives with his parents, Luis and Evelyn Morales, in Lancaster.
“When he started coming (to Schreiber), others could not understand his speech most of the time. His family, friends and teachers are so impressed with his progress.”Evelyn Morales, Gabriel’s mother
Brooks Waller, who turned 6 in February, will be our sixth Ambassador for 2021. Brooks is diagnosed with neonatal cerebral leukomalacia, a kind of brain injury that can happen with premature babies and which causes developmental delays. He attends Schreiber’s S.T.A.R.S. Preschool and receives occupational and physical therapy. He recently graduated from Speech-Language Pathology because, as this therapist noted, “He talks all the time now.” Brooks lives with his parents, Kelcy and Steve Waller, in Lancaster.
“I think it’s because of his therapists and Schreiber that it always just felt like he could accomplish anything.”Kelcy Waller, Brooks’ mother