Blane is a happy six year old who is diagnosed with Spina Bifida. Due to his diagnosis he has limited mobility and requires the use of a cane or walker. Blane started receiving services from Rainbows United at three months through Bright Beginnings in Butler County. At age three he began Target Case Management services through Rainbows.
His mom, Jennifer, said that Rainbows has always been very supportive to her family. “Before having a case manager, we didn’t know where to go for help,” she said. Blane’s case manager, Shavonda, has helped to coordinate funding for forearm crutches through proceeds from the 39thAnnual Blarney Breakfast and Children’s Miracle Network. Blane has also received a new pair of ankle foot orthotics through funding from the Children’s Miracle Network each year for the last couple of years.
His mom is excited about receiving the new equipment because the cane and walker Blane uses now is very bulky. “I hope new forearm crutches will help him become more independent,” she said. The crutches would also give Blane the ability to participate in community and family activities that he enjoys. One of his favorite things to do is play basketball. He also enjoys playing video games and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.