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The H.A.L.O. Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children with neurological impairments.
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"Our Stories" from June 2014

What Could Be More Fun Than a Fabulous Sweet Sixteen Party?

Raneisha at her sixteenth birthday party.

Raneisha's Sweet Sixteen birthday party was a joyous celebration held at her home -- a pediatric nursing home.

Her mother dressed her in a formal gown and guests danced to lively music in a conference room transformed into a fairyland. Her peers, family members, and the "amazing" staff that cares for Raneisha at New England Pediatric Care dressed up and brought spouses and children to share the cake and special day. Why?

"Our family went from tragedy to treasure nine years ago when Raneisha went to NEPC," said Rodney, her dad. "The people there have become like family to us. [Read More]

H.A.L.O.'s Gift Enhances Matt's Quality Of Life

With help from H.A.L.O. it's easier for Matt to attend his brother's games.

The Help A Little One Foundation recently contributed to the purchase of a gently-used wheelchair van for the family of Matthew D.

"Having a van that Matthew can drive onto and off in his wheelchair has enabled him to explore his world at a grander level. It's just amazing - I can only compare it to the opportunities that became available when he first received his wheelchair," said his father, Paul.

Prior to the purchase, the family drove an older van without a wheelchair ramp. They had to transfer Matthew, age 5, from his chair to a car seat, fold and store the hundred-pound chair, drive to the destination and then reverse the process. There was limited room for passengers and the transfer was precarious and exhausting. [Read More]

Reluctant To Try Respite Care? One Mom's Story Might Change That

Nick in his "Elf" hat.

If any parents out there need reassurance about utilizing respite services for children with severe disabilities, Janette Coombs is ready to give it.

"It took an accident to help me realize these places are gifts, but now I know how fortunate we are to have Cedarcrest in our back yard," says the Claremont, NH mom.

Janette had cared for 20-year-old Nick at home ever since he was born 10 weeks prematurely with rare physical, neurological and cognitive impairments. She was driving him and his 16-year-old sister from school when Nick had a seizure so violent he broke a femur. [Read More]

Centerpiece Project Enriches Pediatric, Geriatric Lives 
A staffer at Plymouth Pediatric Center helps a day student complete a centerpiece.

Day program participants at Plymouth Pediatric Center recently created spring centerpieces for the meal rooms at the combined pediatric-geriatric Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The painted birdhouses and clay pots earned high praise from residents in the geriatric wing.

"We were even asked if we would make more to sell to staff," said Colleen Caliri, Director of Active Treatment. She said activities are designed to enrich the lives of residents, many of whom have severe neurological impairment. [Read More]

Spare Pump Makes Life Easier for Students With G-Tubes

H.A.L.O recently purchased a Kangaroo Joey Enteral Pump for use in the medically-fragile classrooms in the New Bedford (MA) public schools.

School Nurse Supervisor Karen Regan RN, MSN, said it saves time and makes life easier for students who cannot eat by mouth. Families are allotted just one pump, she explained. When parents forget to send it to school the nurses can use this "spare" with fresh tubing to feed students with g-tubes. [Read More]


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