Placerville, CA (PRWEB) August 8, 2006
As a single mother and sole caretaker of four-year-old daughter, Natasha, Placerville resident Staci Jodar has lived a recent life full of challenges and miracles. Because of the miracles and because she can relate to the challenges, she is on a mission to help other parents in similar situations. After extensive research and an unrelenting drive to help her little girl, Ms. Jodar found unconventional, yet, highly effective therapy for disabled people exclusively available in Poland through Euromed. After only one treatment, Natasha’s condition improved greatly and Staci is hoping that an upcoming August 18 benefit event entitled “Rockin’ Til She’s Walkin’” will raise awareness and enough money to start a foundation to assist parents of similarly disabled children.
Natasha is 4 years old and she has Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral refers to the brain and Palsy to muscle weakness or poor control. Cerebral Palsy is a Neuro Muscular disability that is a result of damage to the central nervous system. Natasha was not born with it. She contracted viral meningitis with encephalitis when she was 2 months old. She is not mentally retarded; her mind is not handicapped, yet she is stuck in a body that is.
Euromed uses a new method of rehabilitation involving the application of an adapted Russian Cosmonaut suit. It was modified for patients with posture and movement disorders. This “Adeli” suit provides the normalization of muscle tension from the moment they begin treatment, thereby accelerating the process of rehabilitation.
Jodar explains, “Natasha arrived at Euromed with poor head control. She could not bear weight on her legs and her arms were bent into her chest with tight fists. Almost immediately after starting treatment, she was showing improvement. In the next few weeks I was amazed at her new found strength.”
But it’s not just the physical qualities that improved in Natasha. Staci says, “For the first time Natasha showed pride in herself. They called her ‘little hero.’ She was able to open her hands, had more head control and developed muscle definition, just to name a few miracles! I would love for her to walk one day, however, I will be grateful for her to just be able to communicate her needs. I am sure any parent who has a child like Natasha can understand just how meaningful that would be.”
Jodar hopes the benefit will raise enough money for another round of therapy and to start a foundation to help other parents in the region. She enthuses, "After witnessing what Euromed has done for Natasha, it moves me to tears to see children sentenced to life in a wheel chair when this therapy could prevent that. Bringing out the awareness of hope is one of the biggest reasons I feel the need to start a Foundation for these ‘hidden children.’ We need to do more than diagnose them, get them into early educational programs, give them the assistive devices and then tuck them into dark corners where they are ‘out of sight.’ We need to give them ‘quality of life.’”
BENEFIT EVENT TITLE: Rockin’ Til She’s Walkin’-a 24-Hour “Guitar-a-Thon” with Musician Scott Ramsey
DATE and VENUE: August 18. Sierra Hope At Fruit Growers, Missouri Flat and Enterprise Roads, Placerville, CA.
DESCRIPTION: Ramsey will play guitar for 24 hours straight, starting at 4pm August 18. Special guests will join him, including national recording artist and guitar legend Ronnie Montrose. The public is invited and musicians who would like to join Scott can contact him at: (530)-644-4486
HOW TO HELP: Pledges and donations in any amount can be sent to: Sierra Hope Church - Benevolence Fund: 4602 Missouri Flat Rd , Placerville Ca, 95667 - Memo line – Natasha.
CONTACT: Staci Jodar-(530) 626-8563 or (530) 391-8889