Schreiber Stories

Image shows Schreiber's 2023 Ambassadors. Top left: Graeme Top right: Malcolm Middle left: Lucas Middle right: Katelyn and Kalvin Bottom left: Schrieber logo Bottom right: Harper

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit Schreiber, you have seen firsthand a place brimming with captivating and inspiring stories. We are grateful to have a devoted staff of amazing therapists who diligently work with the children every day and fortunate to have a team of volunteers who contribute their time and effort to our mission.

But it is the families that truly stand out. From care takers navigating through some of the most challenging situations, to the children themselves working hard in every therapy session. We celebrate these resilient individuals who enter our doors and dedicate themselves to improving their lives and striving for independence all while wearing smiles on their faces.

There is an abundance of stories within our grasp. These stories are the essence of our purpose for this blog. We yearn to share them with you, to create connections, and to touch hearts.

We know there are stories we are not yet aware of though, which is where you come in. Care takers of Schreiber kids, Schreiber alumni, and volunteers, we want to hear from you. Your voices and experiences are invaluable, and we eagerly await the opportunity to hear from you!

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Fellenbaum’s heroes strike again

Laurie is a teacher at Schaeffer Elementary School in the Manheim Township School District. Those intial class lessons led the kids to collectively conclude: “We should do something that helps other people.” Laurie said her father used to volunteer at the Lancaster County Easter Seals, the organization from which Schreiber Pediatric was formed. Laurie and…

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AMBUCS rides to the rescue

There’s just one problem. They can be expensive. This is where AMBUCS comes in. AMBUCS is a national nonprofit “dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities,” according to its website. Most of the work nationally and locally involves helping families obtain Amtryke therapeutic tricycles. And that’s why Howard Livingston and Bruce Schmoyer…

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McGyver those election signs for Schreiber kids

I recently attended a make-and-take seminar entitled “Creating Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes,” and it featured the creative genius of Therese Willkomm, who holds a doctorate in assistive technology and is known as the assistive technology McGyver. She is a nationally recognized guru for her work in making solutions in minutes using everyday materials. We…

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Justin Walker returns to Camp Schreiber — for his job

Justin’s time at Schreiber goes back 20 years. He was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, commonly known as brittle bone disease. He started coming to Schreiber when he was 2 and at 4 was named a Schreiber ambassador. He received therapy, attended preschool (and worked with Jay Graver, Mr. Jay, the current preschool and camp director)…

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Sophia Clay thrives at Schreiber

Kelly was looking for outpatient physical therapy to continue what she was already doing in the home, and Schreiber had what she was looking for — a new perspective and some new ideas. Sophia has cerebral palsy and struggles to control her body movements. Gaining muscle strength and control is important for her, as this…

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Meet the 2016 Ambassadors: Sophia Panzini

Sophia Panzini Age: born 3/21/97 (18, turning 19 in March) Diagnosis: Autism spectrum disorder Parents: Reenie and Peter Panzini, Manheim Township Siblings: Edward, 20; Carina, 10 Favorite activities: Listening to music, adult coloring books, playing games on the Wii, collecting jewelry What she watches and listens to: The Food Network, “Spider Man” movie, Destiny’s Child…

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