Flemington charity given grant

August 7, 2013 by  

The Spinal Bifida Resource Network, based in Flemington, was given a $2,000 grant by the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area at the end of July. The organization will use it to extend an exercise and fitness program into the fall.

The Kids on the Move program is designed for people with spina bifida and similar disabilities as well as for their families, including siblings and parents, and sessions are made up of multiple components. Participants are introduced to a new sport or exercise in each session. There is also a cooking workshop designed to help people learn to prepare and enjoy healthy foods. The program also includes a support group for parents of children with the disease.

Christina Knorr, who suffers from spina bifida and volunteers with the Network, stated that she got a lot out of the program. She pointed out that Kids on the Move gives people the chance to try things that are usually out of their reach or off-limits. To promote the upcoming fall program, the Network can make use of flyer printing.

Roberta Kestenbaum, the executive director of the Network, noted that the program has a “profound impact on families”. He added that, through the Kids on the Move, a number of youngsters have discovered a love for activities such as dance, sled hockey and other adaptive exercises. The grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities will allow the group to improve and build upon the program in the fall and will allow them to extend the program to serve very young children.