Diane, Ovelle and Prairie (Dustin’s Paw) have been such a great asset to our Jumpstart program. Not only do they motivate our patients to work harder and try new things that may be difficult or scary, they provide our patients with opportunities that they may not have outside of Jumpstart. Often times in school or the community, our children do not get the opportunity to be the star of a play or even an active part of a school program due to their disabilities. Dustin’s Paw hosts special programs and parties for our children and their parents. Last year, the Jumpstart children put on the play “The Mitten” for our families. The play was attended by parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. One grandparent came from over 100 miles away just to see her granddaughter in her first play. After the play, she told me that she was so thankful that her granddaughter was able to participate. She thought she would never have the opportunity to see her granddaughter be a “star.” The pride and joy in her smile brought tears to my eyes and really exemplified our mission to heal body, mind and spirit! – Diann Davis-Martin, Jumpstart Coordinator, Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services

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