Friday, July 11, 2014

A Runner’s Story: How Latham Changes Lives and How Your Support Matters!


Annually Latham Centers selects runners from the Latham Family to participate in the picturesque Falmouth Road Race. This year the race will be on Sunday, August 17th! A group of 18 vivacious participants-- ranging from a Latham student to Latham residents' family members to a plethora of talented staff --are telling their stories and collecting donations from supporters. Please click HERE and click on “Show all Team Latham Runners” to sponsor one or many of these deserving candidates.
http://lathamcenters.donorpages.com/FalmouthRoadRace2014/
Take for instance the story of Steve B., the father of one Latham resident who is running the Road Race out of extreme gratitude and hope for a bright future for his child and his fellow Latham residents. When his son Michael moved to the Cape in September of 2009, things were not going well for the young man or his caring family. Michael was in crisis. His weight was too high, his outbursts explosive, and his behavior erratic. Following  difficulties at his previous placement, Michael’s family visited Latham Centers and immediately knew this was the place for him based on Latham’s expert care. Five years after making an incredibly difficult decision to place Michael at Latham' residential school in Brewster, his family members cannot imagine what their lives would be like had it not been for the consistency and supervision provided by the staff 365/24/7. Since graduating from Latham School, Michael transitioned to a Latham Adult Group Home and is doing better than ever expected. He has participated in Special Olympics, delivers Meals on Wheels, and continues to participate in community activities. All in all, Michael is doing fantastically. Without Latham Centers’ program none of these feats would be possible.

Please support our Latham Family in the Falmouth Road Race so residents like Michael, and all other children and adults at Latham, can more greatly prosper through our programs. If you have any questions about how to support these runners please call Katrina Fryklund in the Development office at 774.353.9126 or kfryklund@lathamcenters.org.

Submitted by:
Katrina Fryklund
Development Associate

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