When children come to receive treatment from the Now I Can Foundation, they are work very hard. Twenty hours of treatment each week takes a toll physically and mentally on a family. I am amazed at the drive the children have to push through it.
Many who come to receive treatment at Now I Can stay at the Now I Can Cottage at a very low cost instead of at an expensive hotel. This allows them to enjoy more space and privacy, more bathrooms and a full kitchen! But staying away from home–no matter where you are–makes it harder to relax, especially after a hard day’s work. But thanks to a new playground gifted to us by the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation and built by dōTERRA employees, guests of the cottage now have a great space to play and relax.
Last week our brand new wheelchair accessible playground at the Now I Can Cottage officially opened! Wednesday, August 19 at 5 pm several of our Now I Can patients had the honor of cutting the ribbon on our beautiful new playground. With dōTERRA volunteers and family members watching with joy and anticipation, several children who have benefitted from therapy at Now I Can enjoyed the first play session on the new playground.
When we first started thinking about the idea of a playground at the cottage we were excited. Then the estimates from suppliers and contactors started coming in and discouragement began to sneak in. We realized that we couldn’t allow ourselves to be discouraged though. The children that come are our best examples of why and how to not get discouraged. These children push through pain to work hard combating the limitations of their individual conditions including cerebral palsy, and various syndromes and undiagnosed disorders to name a few. We knew we couldn’t give up on the idea of these smallest, most dedicated people not having a playground to rest and relax (and yes, continue their therapy through play!). So we approached dōTERRA with the idea of helping us get the playground we’d dreamed of. We are grateful for our partnership with dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation using dōTERRA products in our work in the clinic, so we thought they might share our vision.
In late June we met with dōTERRA to discuss the possibilities. It was gratifying to see how quickly dōTERRA and the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation saw the value of what we wanted to do and approved the project. We were off and shopping for the right equipment that would make play fun, safe and even beneficial. The playground includes a wheelchair sand table to encourage tactile experiences and creativity, a spinning disc to stimulate the vestibular system, as well as tetherball and a slide and swing to help build muscles and confidence.
So in a few short weeks we had supplies on hand and an army of dōTERRA volunteers literally in our backyard! And in just two short weeks the transformation was complete. We are so excited about the new accessible playground that is alrady making a difference for the children that come to Now I Can. We also plan to share the playground with children from the community who will benefit. Thanks dōTERRA and thanks dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation.
Now I Can patient and Mom play on the airplane