Alan “Hank” Applegate and his younger brother Donald “Donnie” may have a nine year age difference between them, however, no one would ever guess this as their bond resembles one that is typically shared by siblings that are closer in age. For these two, it’s their number one priority that they only live with each other and it’s non-negotiable. “They have a bond that is undeniable and they love each other very much. They are almost always together and when they are apart for an extended period of time, it’s difficult for both of them”, shared Amy Acridge, their Targeted Case Manager.
Since 2001, Hank & Donnie have been receiving services from Easterseals Capper Foundation in south-central Kansas. “Our 24 hour a day support helps meet their community involvement, daily living, employment, medical and transportation needs.”, said Amy. Together, they enjoy doing numerous activities in their community such as attending concerts, sporting events and participating in Special Olympics. Hank and Donnie are also very fond of animals, especially horses. Their staff takes them by the fairgrounds on a daily basis to visit with the livestock and they attend the rodeo annually in Pretty Prairie where their sister lives.
During the week, the brothers attend the Day Services Program at ESCF, where they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and outings with their peers. While Hank enjoys a “retired” lifestyle, Donnie does custodial work at Meyer Hall and volunteers for Meals on Wheels. At the end of each day, they go home after driving by the fire station. While they do enjoy their time together, they also have their own interests. Hank enjoys watching TV, doing crafts and admiring his horse collection and memorabilia. Donnie, on other hand, enjoys cooking with staff, washing the van, working on his motorcycle and decorating his room.
Together, they are making profound, positive difference in their lives, each other’s lives and the lives of others every day!