The Joliet West National Honor Society (NHS) successfully hosted the sixth annual Tiny Tigers Fun Fair inpartnership with Easterseals on May 15 to sponsor10-year-old Richard Furr, a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
In the summer of 2016, Richard began physical therapy at Easterseals, leading up to a major tendon-lengthening surgery. As he participated in physical therapy two times a week following the surgery, Richard discovered a love for the adaptive bike, which was necessary for Richard’s development and growth.
The bike helps Richard live, learn, progress in therapy, be more independent and most importantly: have fun!
In order to raise money to purchase an adaptive bike that Richard could call his own, Joliet West students scoured the Joliet-area, going to local businesses and asking for donations and sponsorships.
Additional fundraising included a 50/50 raffle, dinner night at Chipotle, t-shirts sales, and online donations through an internal fundraising source similar to “Go Fund Me”.
All this culminated with a smashing success on April 15, the day of the fun fair. Despite the bad weather, the turnout was great, and a fun time was had by all. Between dodgeball, inflatables, face painting, and pie throwing, there was something fun for all attendees.
The concessions were also a hit with TCBY frozen yogurt, cotton candy, and funnel cakes. The National Honor Society exceeded the $5,000 goal and was honored to purchase the therapy bike for Richard.