Watch this video and learn how the Aubrey Rose Foundation helps families with special-needs children.
On April 8, 2015, Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp’s parents and Co-Founders of the Aubrey Rose Foundation, Nancy and Jerry Hollenkamp, were privileged enough to present the Steiger family with a grant for financial assistance that marked the $1 Millionth dollar donated through the fund-raising and donor efforts by the Aubrey Rose Foundation. This milestone culminates over 14-years of dedication to the foundation by many volunteers, supporters and donors.
“Jerry and I are so grateful to all of those from the past 14-years who have made this momentous occasion possible. Every family that we have been fortunate enough to help is special to us. The Steiger family just happens to fall into this blessed moment of our $1 Millionth Dollar Donation,” explains Nancy Hollenkamp. Jerry Hollenkamp adds, ” We are able to give over time because of the help from our dedicated volunteers, donors and with family support.”
Jack Steiger was born to Todd and Heather Steiger 6-years ago. Jack has two sisters Madilyn and Charlotte. Like Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp, Jack’s life was a challenge from the very beginning. The moment Jack was born he began having seizures. Medication usually controls seizures even in babies but after 2 months of trying different options none really worked. Jack went home from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and after 6 months he was still suffering from seizures at about a rate of 100 per day. The only time Jack was not suffering from continual seizures was when he slept. Fast-forward to 4 surgeries later, Jack had his entire right side of his brain removed to help control his seizures and 2 involuntary movement disorders. Success was achieved but the Steiger family will always have hurdles when it comes to Jack’s daily care.
One of the hurdles for Jack is being bathed on a daily basis. Currently, Jack is being carried to the 2nd floor of the Steiger home. Jack’s parents did some investigating and found a bathtub for a special needs child that would help tremendously with Jack’s daily bathing routine. Simple things that we sometimes take for granted bring the most satisfaction to others. The grant from the Aubrey Rose Foundation will allow Jack to be bathed on the first floor in the specially designed bathtub.
Heather Steiger found out about the Aubrey Rose Foundation through a friend whose daughter participated in the American Girl Fashion Show. “I went online and read about Aubrey and reached out to the Aubrey Rose Foundation to see if they would be willing to help with a bathtub that is for a special needs child, ” recalls Heather. “When I look at that bathtub I won’t see the money they gave. I am going to see the fact that people gave to help a child whose life is not always going to be easy. He does not have many joys but one of them is being in the water.”
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