GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - STRIVE, formerly known as Mesa Developmental Services, is set for its annual Rollin' on the River Run, Walk and Roll this Saturday, October the 19th, at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.
This week, during her Boomers and Beyond segment, Dixie Burmeister introduced us to some young guests who helped show why it's so important to support their cause.
Rollin' on the River raises funds for STRIVE's early childhood intervention program, and the reason you should go is simple, says Dixie. Just take a look at the smiles of Corbin and Vinnie and many like them. STRIVE is the answer to bringing new hope to families in need of help with their children's developmental needs.
As Vinny's mom Alicia Pedroza explained, "We've been involved with the early intervention, for, since Vinnie was three and a half months old.... Receiving occupational therapy in the home... And we also receive respite and other support from early intervention."
She was willing to share her heart-wrenching story that should never have been.
"He has cerebral palsy, auditory neuropathy, his hearing impairment, and just some other issues we actually don't know yet," Pedroza explained. "...It's from untreated jaundice... Our professional at the time did not do a bili test and here we are today, and we are lucky because he survived and he is with us. But, it's very unfortunate that it was preventable, but I am very fortunate, we are very fortunate, to have a little amazing guy."
While her husband is carving out a future for them as a member of the Coast Guard, she's here, loving Vinnie, getting him the therapy he needs, and she'll be there Saturday with team Team Super Vinnie in full force.
"Last year we got most spirited," Pedroza explained with a smile. "This year we hope to get the biggest team, and most spirited, and whatever else we can get. So we're pretty excited."
Little Corbin's early arrival led his parents to the program says mom Shanna.
"We've been in the program around six months," she explained.
His family is thrilled with his in-home therapy and progress.
"He gets speech therapy once a week in our home," Shanna explained, "and we have noticed great strides with his speech."
They'll be there Saturday as well, with Team Corbin.
"Absolutely, we'll be there," she exclaimed.
Doug Sorter, the director of business development for STRIVE, gives us an overview of this highly-successful program.
"They do services for the individuals and their children," Sorter explained. "It does things for the children themselves that are just wonderful. And they have such great outcomes."
Rollin' on the River is an event you'll enjoy while helping this worthwhile progam.
"It happens October 19th, that's a Saturday, and it happens from 10am to 2pm," Sorter explained. "We'll have a 5k, and then there's also a 3k walk and roll."
As Pedroza explained, supporting this program is huge, as it brings so much support to families that truly need it.
"Our early intervention occupational therapist is also our friend... She's become part of our family, so that is a good thing to have," she said. "And we are so thankful for that."
Once again, Saturday's event will be held at the Botanical Gardens in Grand Junction. Registration starts at 8:30am and the run, walk, and roll begins at 10am. Live music by Las Palmas, children's activities, and a lunch catered by Enzo's Italian Restaurant will follow the race
If you're interested in signing up and taking part in this wonderful event Saturday the 19th of October here in Grand Junction you can register here.