Stories of Hope

Meet Jerry and Ann Palmer

This story was featured in our FY2020 Annual Impact Report. Topekans since 1966, Ann Palmer and her husband, Jerry, have become more than familiar with Capper Foundation over the years. In addition to Ann’s prior role on the Capper Board of Trustees, the Palmers were warmly welcomed as Heritage Society Inductees this past fiscal year.…

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Meet the Aguilera Family

For nearly four years, Capper Foundation has provided pediatric services to the Aguilera family. Lacey and Adrian Aguilera’s three boys, Christian, Christopher and Maximus have been building abilities in leaps and bounds, and we admire their story. In each of the pediatric disciplines at Capper — Behavior Support Services, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical…

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Meet Marti

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Capper Foundation has transitioned to a service delivery model known as “teletherapy,” allowing our therapists to safely connect with children through video conferencing. In his journey to overcome a speech delay, Marti has been working with Speech-Language Pathologist Jenny Stous, continually making huge strides in his sessions. Marti’s mother, Sudia, says,…

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Maddie’s Story

This story was featured in our FY2020 Annual Impact Report. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Capper has taken every precaution to protect the health of persons served and staff. As part of our Exposure Prevention Plan, we closed our facilities to public access, and some of our programs have yet to resume, but that hasn’t put a…

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Unstoppable Zoey

Some of you may remember Zoey from our social media pages and printed materials. Earlier this year, her parents shared about Zoey’s journey with Capper, beginning back in July of 2017 when she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Zoey’s diagnosis often results in the use of a wheelchair, but physical therapy at Capper has…

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Jeremiah’s Story

Jeremiah has been building abilities with Capper Foundation for the last three years, starting shortly after his mother discovered he was in need of speech therapy. Since then, our staff have enjoyed working with him and his family to help meet their goals. “I just walked in and spoke to Mary, the Intake Coordinator, and…

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OE’s Story

Meeting Olga Ellise (nicknamed OE) immediately puts a smile on your face.  We featured OE in 2013 in a past newsletter, and thought you would like to hear an update on this miracle child, now 11 years old. Her story began at the age of four when a Kansas family became aware she was to…

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Antonio & Tavion’s Story

Ten years ago, Natasha Traphagan and Rolando Lewis were experiencing all the excitement that comes with being first time parents with the bonus of carrying twin boys. Then, Natasha began having complications and gave birth at only 26 weeks. Both premature babies were born weighing just 1-pound 14-ounces.They received special care in the hospital’s Neonatal…

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Ron’s Story

“See you tomorrow and have a good evening” are words Ron Bennett speaks daily as he clocks out from his job at Capper Foundation, a job he never thought would be possible twenty-one years ago. Ron spent the majority of his life being transferred from one state hospital to another, suffering from mental health and…

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Tara’s Story

“To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together.”  ~African proverb With two boys, Dave and Shelley anxiously awaited the arrival of their third child. They hoped they would be blessed with a little girl, and on August 29, 2007, they welcomed Tara into the world. Their family was complete and everything was perfect,…

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