There are ways to make a difference in the lives of those with disabilities – and to do so in both small and big ways. The Rainbow Connection in New Philadelphia, Ohio raises money to buy medical supplies and equipment for people with cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and more. They help patients with their medical bills, prescriptions and technological assistance.
Now, they are moving to a rent-free, large location in a two-story, five bedroom brick house at 119 Third St. NW in New Philadelphia thanks to the donation from Mike and Sue Stokey. Stokey is executive vice president of Allied Machine & Engineering Corp.
The new office will have handicap-accessible ramps and restrooms. It is also rent free – allowing the company to put more money towards those who need assistance. One mother of a six year old boy with cerebral palsy, for instance, expressed her gratitude. As Leah Dunne said about the new office, “It’s just amazing. Being a parent with a child with special needs, as hard as it may be, it’s the greatest joy ever. You just value everything so much more. But you need help along the way.”
She continued, “If it weren’t for organizations like the Rainbow Connection, we would be lost because we do need help. We want what’s best for our children. There’s equipment we want for them and it’s not always possible for us to get it financially.”
The Rainbow Connection has given Warren an iPad to help with his writing, math, art and communicating. He has also used Lite Gait, a physical therapy tool that strengthens his muscles. All of this has been made possible with the help of The Rainbow Connection.