When Sam Osborne was born with cerebral palsy, doctors weren’t optimistic about his future. They told Sam’s parents, Cheryl and Andrew, that Sam might never stand, walk, or run. When Sam was also diagnosed with a significant hearing loss, there were fears that he might never learn to speak.
It didn’t take long for Sam to prove all of those predictions wrong. It just took help from the caring, skilled staff of the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center. Sam began receiving Easterseals therapies at home through Indiana’s First Steps program when he was just a year old. At age 3, he continued those services at the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center. He also received new hearing aids and started attending the organization’s Dan & Nancy Mitchell Therapeutic Preschool. Sam’s progress skyrocketed!
Now at age 5, Sam is an active, outgoing, talkative boy who always has a smile on his face. He loves playing with his classmates and chatting with everyone he meets. “Sam never meets a stranger,” Cheryl said. “Everyone at Easterseals knows him because he’s there almost every day, and he’s always talking.” Sam also loves running, jumping, dancing, and playing catch with his dad–things that doctors thought he might never achieve. No wonder family and friends refer to this energetic young man as #SuperSam!
“Sam definitely wouldn’t be doing what he’s doing now without the help of Easterseals,” Cheryl said. Now it seems that the sky’s the limit for Sam, who keeps working hard and learning new things every day. He’s now an Easterseals preschool graduate and is attending public school kindergarten!
Because of caring people like YOU, we will be here as long as Sam needs us. On behalf of Sam, his family, and everyone at the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center, we say THANK YOU!