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.
Each of these kids has 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.
Journee Grace Halbleib sustained a traumatic brain injury as an infant, and her mother, Jennifer Halbleib, said doctors didn’t think she would ever learn to walk or talk. Thanks to the work she does in physical therapy, speech-language therapy and preschool, she is doing that and so much more, Jennifer says. Journee has two older siblings, Jade and Jayden and a black lab named Lola. The family lives in Mount Joy.
THREE THINGS ABOUT JOURNEE
Favorite movie: “Moana”
Favorite activity: Her cheerleading team, World Cup Jupiter
When I grow up, I want to: Be a mommy to 10 kids, all boys
Schreiber has helped Journee reach milestones we were told would be impossible! Between preschool and therapies, Journee has a phenomenal team that never gives up on her. They have become family!Jennifer Halbleib, Journee’s mom
Sam Leon-Durkee was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 18 months. He’s 12 years old now and has been receiving physical therapy from Schreiber for the past 10 years. His greatest accomplishments have been recovering from leg surgery and becoming strong enough to go from crawling to walking. Sam has a twin sister Isabelle and two guinea pigs, Juice Box and Capri. Sam and his parents, Casey and Mike Trone, live in Manor Township.
THREE THINGS ABOUT SAM
Favorite hobby: Drawing superheros
Favorite movie: “Spider Man – No Way Home”
When I grow up, I want to: Be a comic book writer.
Over the past 10 years, the one constant has been the amazing staff at Schreiber, encouraging Sam and providing support and information to us as parents to provide the best care for Sam.Casey Trone, Sam’s mom
Ellery brings a bouncy energy and lots of positive attitude to her time at Schreiber. Now age 7, Ellery was diagnosed with arthrogryposis, a rare condition that developed in utero. The condition causes stiffed, curved joints and muscle weakness, and Ellery comes to Schreiber for physical therapy and occupational therapy to strengthen her muscles and work on her balance and fine motor skills for daily tasks, says her mom, Alison McIndoe. Ellery and her mom live in Manheim Township with Ellery’s big brother Cole.
THREE THINGS ABOUT ELLERY
Favorite activities: Arts and crafts, including sewing with her feet
Favorite song: “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
When I grow up, I want to: Be a doctor
Ellery has had a fantastic experience. The therapists have gone above and beyond to keep therapy interesting for Ellery while continuing to push her to excel. EVERYONE is so warm and friendly, which makes Schreiber the wonderful place it is.Alison McIndoe, Ellery’s mom
Carter Peiffer can be a little shy when you first meet him. But when he warms up, the fun-loving silliness shines through. Carter, who turned 5 in February, has a complex array of challenges, including autism, sensory issues, feeding issues and a vitamin C deficiency that led to a scurvy diagnosis. He receives occupational therapy to help with his sensory issues and expand the foods he eats, and he does physical therapy to build strength. When Carter started at Schreiber, he had only eaten strawberry banana yogurt for months and had lost so much strength that he was no longer able to stand. In a few short weeks, he was weight bearing and moving and eating peanut butter and marshmallow sandwiches. Carter has two siblings, Emma and Colton, and a chocolate lab named Kimber. They and their parents, Desiree and Dustin Peiffer, live in Mount Joy Township.
THREE THINGS ABOUT CARTER
Favorite activities: Playing with trucks and tractors, riding four wheelers, going to the zoo
Favorite TV show: “Paw Patrol”
Favorite thing about Schreiber: Climbing the ladder, doing steps, playing on the playground and riding his bike
Without Schreiber, Carter would not be able to do many of the things he can now do. We feel very blessed and extremely lucky that we found this amazing organization. I cannot thank them enough for giving me my happy little boy back.Desiree Peiffer, Carter’s mom