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Dressed in pink with pigtails flopping, Avery bounds down the corridor, smiling at everyone she sees. In this regard she’s a typical toddler in perpetual motion, not wanting to miss a thing. But the early years of Avery’s life were anything but typical. She has spent countless hours “playing” with the therapists and physicians at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Just five months old in July 2011, Avery was at a baseball game with her family when a foul ball struck the side of her head. Her family was propelled into a whirlwind of uncertainty as an ambulance rushed her to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We just gave her over to the doctors,” recalls Avery’s mother, Alison. “It was all that we could do. They inspired great trust.”
Doctors had to remove a piece of Avery’s skullto allow room for her brain to swell and minimize therisk of damage. Avery spent nine days in the pediatricintensive care unit and another week in a hospitalunit before she could finally go home.
Since Avery was six months old, she has come to the rehab center twice a week for occupational and physical therapy, as the trauma affected her ability to move the right side of her body and the recovery time impacted her overall development.
“Avery is independent and willing to try anything. She has no idea she’s any different from other kids. She jumps right in with her brothers,” says Alison. Sarah Hasbrouck, DPT, a senior therapist, has had the pleasure of watching Avery’s progress up close. “When she first came to us, she couldn’t lift her head or move her right side at all. Now she’s climbing obstacle courses and holding onto a swing with both hands.”
Each year the Children’s Rehabilitation Center cares for more than 10,000 children and teens with illnesses, injuries and disabilities that range from sports or play injuries to complex medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and cancer. Specialty services include an adaptive equipment clinic, sensory integration therapy, aquatic therapy, serial casting, constraint induced movement therapy, burn care, feeding, handwriting groups and neurological consultations.
Lori LaFrance, PT, the center’s clinical manager, says, “We treat virtually every pediatric diagnosis here. Our goal is to facilitate children participating in life and in the community to the fullest extent. We provide therapeutic interventions, support and encouragement to help them engage in age-appropriate activities so they can feel and function like kids again.”
Please help the credit unions in Rhode Island make a difference for children like Avery. Donate your spare change today. Thank you!
Hasbro Children's Hospital supporter, Rich Antonelli, to donate net proceeds from new album to Hasbro Children's Hospital
Guitarists Eddie LaValle ( LaValle) and Rich Antonelli (Bon Jersey, $kyHigh) have teamed up with Italian keyboard wizard Alessandro DelVecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever, Silent Force) to bring you an original song “Winter in New England”. This song captures the feelings of family, friends, joy, and wonder that surround the holiday season, while also maintaining a rock edge.
All net proceeds from the sale of Winter in New England will be donated to the Hasbro Childrenʼs Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island (USA). Everyone involved in this project donated their time and talents free of charge. This is truly a worthy cause and the guys humbly request that you purchase the song and spread the word to as many people as possible.
Your donations and efforts will be appreciated more than you could ever know.
Thank you all, and have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season,
Eddie, Rich, and Ale
Purchase “Winter in New England” here for only $1.00
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