Stories of Hope

Directing Her Own Path – Bridget’s Story

In the Spring of 1987, Steve and Margaret Lachowsky were eagerly anticipating the birth of their fourth child. Once little Bridget joined the family in May, everyone was elated with their new happy, healthy bundle of joy. Not noticing that anything seemed amiss, Margaret took her youngest for her six-month check-up that November, where Bridget…

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Shooting for the Stars – Conner’s Story

We first introduced Conner to our donors and friends in Spring 2010. At 2 ½ years old he started walking and learning to talk with help from pediatric therapists at Capper Foundation, after a surgery to disconnect the sides of his brain proved to be the miracle needed to give him a more normal life.…

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Therapy Triumphs: MEET NOLAN

For nearly three years, Nolan has been building abilities at Capper Foundation taking part in Speech-Language, Occupational and Physical therapies. Now at age four he has made incredible strides in his expressive and receptive language skills, sound and speech production, creeping, crawling, walking, using a pincer grasp, improving dexterity and unassisted eating. His mother, Amanda,…

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Gaining Independence: MEET JAXON

Jaxon began receiving services from Capper Foundation when he was three. At the time, he had yet to walk or talk. He was mostly able to communicate by pointing to pictures and wasn’t feeding himself or meeting milestones. In Speech Therapy, Jaxon has made gains in his ability to express his wants and needs from…

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Pediatric Progress: MEET FAITH

The youngest of four siblings, Faith has received incredible support and acceptance from her family since before she was born. Twenty weeks into pregnancy, her parents, Anna and Adam, were told Faith would face unique physical challenges, including Bilateral Clubfoot. “We knew from the beginning that Faith was going to be our special little one,”…

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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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