Aaron at NAPA

All for Aaron

What Amanda and Anselm Sura want, is to see their son Aaron James, jump, walk, crawl and talk. Aaron has Cerebral Palsy and his skills are that of a 6 month old. Last fall, Amanda Sura learned about a program in Los Angeles, California called NAPA Institute, or Nuerological and Physical Abilitation, that works with cerebral palsy patients by providing them with intensive physical therapy. After interviews with therapists visiting Oregon, she and Aaron were accepted to the program where they spent 3 weeks with Aaron recieving therapy to help strengthen and condition his body while teaching him new motor patterns through repetition and correct alignment due to visual impairment. The 3 week long therapy consists of 5 days a week, 4 hours a day. Upon their arrival home, family and friends were amazed at the great progress and success of the therapy. Changes were noticed immediately. What Aaron could not do before such as holding his head up and sitting up, was now being peformed by this brave and tough little guy. Minimal accomplishments for some maybe, but for a praying and hopeful family, accomplishments of great proportion. Amanda said what Aaron achieved in 3 weeks at NAPA would have taken a year or more in traditional therapy. He currently recieves therapy twice a week - once at home and once is Salem. Amanda and Aaron plan on a return trip in February with the hope and faith that more progress will be achieved. Along wih the progress comes sacrifice. The program costs the Sura's $10,000 for every 3 week session and with insurance not covering all of Aarons medical expenses, the situtaion becomes much more difficult. With expenses and bills piling up, and a third child on the way, the Sura's have had no choice but to sell their home to pay for Aarons medical expenses and continued therapy at the NAPA Institute. With everything the Sura's have been handed, they remain strong, relying on friends and family, and now the community. There will be up coming fundraisers to help assist with these expenses. The next fundraiser will be February 2nd 2008 at 6:30 pm at the Silverton Elks Lodge. It will be a benefit dance, silent auction and Karaoke. In March, there will also be a Bingo night where the date is yet to be determined. If one is not able to attend or donate, please send your prayers to The Sura family. If there are any questions regarding this information or graciously want to donate, please contact Amanda Sura at 503-873-6148 or email her at panda0413@aol.com. Thank you!

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