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Health

Joliet West High School NHS partners with Easterseals Joliet

From left: Tim Bostanche, Jon Waszak, Andre Biasella, Sara Huerta
Bottom: Rosie Huerta
From left: Tim Bostanche, Jon Waszak, Andre Biasella, Sara Huerta Bottom: Rosie Huerta

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.

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