REACH 4A STAR
This months recipient for Highland Cares is Reach 4A Star Riding Academy. Reach 4A Star began in Oct. 2004 and started sessions in the spring of 2005. In the beginning, we were a PATH Int’l Member Center and a program under I-REACH 2, Inc. We had 2 horses and 6 adult riders. In 2007, we were accepted as a United Way of Natrona County Partner Agency. By 2009, programs had grown substantially and the number of children served outgrew the number of adults. This led us to apply for our own 501(c)3 status since we no longer fit the mission of I-REACH 2 who serves adults. In 2017, we became PATH Int’l Premier Accredited, and we now have 18 horses and serve approximately 200 participants per year.
It has now been a month since I first started this campaign. I have traveled from Casper to Rochester Minnesota to be seen at the Mayo Clinic, back to Casper for about 36 hours and then to Texas where I have been recovering. In all, I have been gone seven weeks and will have travels 3700 miles.
I have gone through a lot in this past seven weeks. An eight-hour brain surgery to extract a tumor, two-night stay in ICU, three nights in the hospital after that and five more days in a hotel in Rochester Minnesota for check-up appointments. In all, I spent a little over two weeks in Rochester seeking treatment. And I will have to return in November for a check-up and radiation treatments.
The Craniopharyngioma was about a quarter in size and lodged into to my optic nerve. The doctor had to take some of my optic nerve out and leave about 5% of the tumor in my optic nerve to save as much vision as he could although this has left me with a 50% field cut in my left eye and 70% vision in my right with a light to moderate haze depending on the day. For More info, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/wup59-spencers-brain-surgery
THE BROOKS JOSHUA ANDERSON FOUNDATION
The Brooks Joshua Anderson Foundation-501(c)(3) was established in May of 2016, following the unexpected passing of our son Brooks on January 28, 2016, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Brooks was an extremely happy and healthy boy and thriving in every sense of the word. His death, like all infant and pregnancy deaths, was devastating and confusing to all who loved and knew “Brooksie”!
It is the mission of The Brooks Joshua Anderson Foundation, that his little life will make a great impact on the community and world around us. Thus, all money raised by the foundation will be distributed between a yearly contribution to a 501(c)(3)-SIDS research program in Brooks’ name, while committing the rest of the money to The Books From Brooks Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more info, visit: http://www.playforbrooks.org/
Darbi’s Gate is a non-profit organization, founded by Rick & Stacie McFall after the tragic loss of their 11-month old daughter, Darbi Joyce McFall, in April of 2012. Darbi passed away after sustaining a traumatic brain injury that resulted from a fall down a flight of stairs not protected by a safety gate. For more info, visit: http://darbisgate.org/
OLIVIA CALDWELL FOUNDATION
The Olivia Caldwell Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that was founded by Brett and Katie Caldwell in November 2013 to honor the life of their daughter, Olivia Caldwell, who passed away after a 16-month battle with brain cancer in October 2013. She was only 20 months old.
Our mission is to provide funding for childhood cancer research and programs to improve the lives of children battling cancer. Our primary affiliation is with Children’s Hospital Colorado and the neuro-oncology research team headed by Dr. Nick Foreman. To learn more about the research team please click here.
For more info. visit: http://www.oliviacaldwellfoundation.org/
JASON FRIENDS FOUNDATION
Jason’s Friends Foundation provides organized community support that is otherwise unavailable in Wyoming. Along with advocacy and emotional support, we ensure that Wyoming families will not lose everything they own simply because they’ve had the misfortune of having a child with cancer. We provide non-medical financial assistance for any Wyoming family regardless of income, allowing them to focus on one of the most emotional and critical challenges in life, having a child with cancer. For more info, visit: http://www.jasonsfriends.org
SELF HELP CENTER
Governed by a volunteer board and funded by federal, state and local grants, corporate/private foundations, fundraising, Division of Victim Services, United Way, and private donations. Sponsored by Division of Victims Services. For more info visit: https://www.shccasper.com/