Our goal is to get baby Izaiah in his own home by Christmas & with everyone's help we can do it!, said Linda Van Kessler, Passion 4 K.I.D.S. founder
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2011
Baby Izaiah Wallis, paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a teen drunk driver while being wheeled on the sidewalk in his stroller by his grandpa on the way to the park October 18, 2010, gave his family a Thanksgiving miracle by speaking his first word since the accident. Izaiah has been gaining feeling in his feet, moving his legs, & holding his balance for a few seconds in a sitting position. With assistance he is also able to stand which is the first time his legs have been able to bear his weight since the accident. This is particularly significant since doctors at Children's Hospital in San Diego told Izaiah's parents several months after the accident that he would remain in a coma, paralyzed & that they should take him home to die.
The 2-year-old has a ventilator, tracheotomy, colostomy & feeding tube. Until last week he had not spoken a word since the fateful accident over a year go but recently has taken major steps in his recovery through the assistance of Dr. Dennis Maness, founder of the BrainTek Institute in San Diego, who is using his Behavioral Relationship Entrainment program with Izaiah which combines music & sound therapy to help retrain the toddler's brain to what normal was prior to his accident. This is similar to the therapy used on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords recently.
Passion 4 K.I.D.S. children's charity has been raising funds to help purchase Izaiah & his 22-year-old parents a small handicapped accessible home. "Our goal is to have Izaiah in his own home by Christmas & with everyone's help we can do it," says Linda Van Kessler, Founder of Passion 4 K.I.D.S. "We are asking for donations of any size this holiday season. Christmas is a time for children & families, so please remember baby Izaiah during this time of giving & goodwill. " The teen who hit Izaiah was uninsured, unlicensed & illegal. Anyone wishing to help this precious baby during the holiday season can visit http://www.passion4kids.org & click on the donate button.
About Passion 4 K.I.D.S.
Although Passion 4 K.I.D.S. charity has a heart & love for children in need all over the world, they have made a conscious decision to help the children in America who, though living in the most affluent society on earth, still struggle in ways that are beyond belief. Over 20 million children in the U.S. go to bed hungry each night. Passion 4 K.I.D.S. wants to do all they can to change that - one child at a time. They not only help financially if possible but are very hands on with the children & hope to remain in their lives always as a reflection of God's love.
Passion 4 K.I.D.S. 501 (c) (3) was founded by Charles and Linda Van Kessler and deals with homeless, neglected, abandoned, abused and underprivileged children of any race, color and creed as well as children in emergency situations. Because of Charles' background having been raised in a state run orphanage in Amsterdam, Holland during WWII, enduring abuse of every kind and surviving on flower bulbs, he started Passion 4 K.I.D.S. in 1986. When he met his bride in 2001 in San Diego, together with his wife Linda, they developed the charity into a more active organization. With Linda being a mentor for the San Diego County Foster Youth Program, Charles' and Linda's love for children makes it a perfect fit to expand their meaningful humanitarian mission.
Charles and Linda believe in having a very hands on approach both in the day to day operations of the charity as well as the lives of the children they work with. Passion 4 K.I.D.S. donates Passion 4 Life liquid vitamins to quadriplegic, autistic and ADD/ADHD children who can’t afford it. Linda also mentors foster youth in San Diego and, together with Charles, spends many weekends taking these children on fun one-on-one outings so they can bring joy, love and stability to these turbulent young lives. They build lasting relationships with the children which continue long after the children leave the Foster Youth Program. In addition, Passion 4 K.I.D.S. raises funds for children in acute, life-threatening situations. 100% of donations go directly to the children. There is NO overhead taken out.
Passion 4 K.I.D.S. is partially funded through the Van Kesslers' company, Passion 4 Life liquid vitamins and minerals, as well as through private donations.
Donations to Passion 4 K.I.D.S. can be made on http://www.passion4kids.com.
- Linda Van Kessler
Passion 4 K.I.D.S.