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Meet Elizabeth and Marcus

Elizabeth and Marcus are two of ChildServ’s most dedicated clients in our early childhood learning program for children ages 0-3 in the south suburbs. They try to attend every parent forum and practice their activities regularly.
 
Marcus, however, was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome – a congenital condition characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning challenges[1] -- when he was eight months old after Elizabeth noticed that he wasn’t progressing physically.
 
He is now nearly two and goes to the doctor ten times each month in addition to his weekly physical, occupational, developmental and speech therapy sessions.
 
When Elizabeth and Marcus joined ChildServ’s early childhood learning program in May of 2016, Elizabeth asked Shannon, her Parent Educator, for additional help with Marcus’ physical development and finding new baby essentials like diapers and a high chair.

The first activity that Shannon introduced Elizabeth and Marcus to during her in-home visits was tummy time to improve Marcus’ neck strength. Elizabeth and Marcus practiced tummy time daily for 30 mins until Marcus could hold his head up on his own. Shannon also brought blocks so that Marcus was able to work on his fine motor skills and a light-up, musical mat to encourage to use his legs and develop leg muscles.

Shannon and Elizabeth both agreed that reading to Marcus was important as it promotes speech and builds vocabulary. Elizabeth and Marcus became avid readers, quickly finishing the book that Shannon gave them during every visit. He is now able to say “mom”.
 
During last year’s ChildServ Holiday Gift Drive, Elizabeth asked for a high chair for Marcus now that he was able to sit up by himself and the great progress made with his dexterity. She was ecstatic when she received it, and Marcus’ ability to eat independently has improved his family’s quality of life.
 
Marcus continues to make strides in his development thanks to hard work and persistence, and Elizabeth says that Shannon and ChildServ’s early learning programs have helped her family tremendously:
 
“ChildServ’s program has helped Marcus and me a lot. Shannon provides support when I need it and takes care of my family when we need basic things.” 

[1] What is Williams Syndrome? (2017, April 20). Retrieved June 28, 2017, from https://williams-syndrome.org/what-is-williams-syndrome

BIG Hearts Mini Golf Outing

This year's BIG Hearts Mini Golf Outing, held on June 23 at the Mountain View Mine Adventure Center in Des Plaines, was a massive success, raising $24,503 to help the children and families in our early childhood learning programs to reach developmental milestones and achieve their potential.


Thanks to the more than 100 golfers who participated and 23 BIG-hearted community, corporate and individual sponsors who helped make the evening possible!

They were: Aleksy • Belcher, Attorneys at Law, Chris Angelica, Ariel Investments, Astoria Properties, Axion RMS, Don Brackey, B2B CFO, Bearcat Leasing Corporation, Rodney Brown, Coach Financial Concepts, Inc., Phil Costello, Nancy Duel, Manny Flores, Granite, Clayton Harris III, HSA Commercial Real Estate, Casimir & Jinx Kotowski, Stephen & Rosemary Mack, Naperville Office Equities, Orren Pickell Building Group, Plante Moran, Eugene Tkalitch & Associates, Ltd. and Weitzman Foundation.

Join us this Thursday!

Our Auxiliary Board is hosting a Guest Bartender event at Irish Eyes in Chicago this Thursday, July 13, from 7 - 11 p.m. 

Admission is free and all tips throughout the four hours go to help the children and families in our care to reach their potential. You must be 21 or older to attend.

For more information or to sign up to become a guest bartender, contact April Redzic at aredzic@childserv.org.

See you there!

Save the Date!

ChildServ's Annual Founder's Day Gala will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017, and this year's theme is "Childhood Memories".

To reserve your seat or for information about sponsorships, contact April Redzic at aredzic@childserv.org. 

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