Out to Prove Everyone Wrong 
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When Graham was first born, everything seemed fine. When he was about two months old, however, mom Adrienne and dad Nick noticed that he wasn't doing the things that big brother Ben and big sister Lucy had mastered by that age: rolling over, holding his head up, batting at toys. Unfortunately, their suspicions were confirmed. Graham was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type 1. This is the most severe type, and doctors predicted that he would not see his first birthday. 
With the help of a newly approved medication, a loving family and Noble's First Steps Early Intervention therapies, Graham just celebrated his third birthday. He is now able to sit independently for several minutes at a time, runs his own electric wheelchair and uses a device to communicate with others. Because he cannot yet swallow, his family must suction his throat often. They are considering a developmental preschool for the fall, but are concerned that his weaker immune system may make that goal a difficult one. Considering how far he's come, however, Graham may prove everyone wrong yet again! 
Helping Those Who Help Others
Article ImageIn the past 12 months, people served by Noble have spent 11,000+ hours volunteering in our community. It's a great way to develop job skills, explore new interests and give back while teaching people that having a disability doesn't mean you can't make a real contribution.
Our newest small group service, based out of the Mary Rigg Community Center loves doing this. When John told staff and his small group how much he enjoyed helping animals, they quickly adopted his enthusiam. Together they collected donated shirts and turned them into dog toys for a southside animal shelter, where they volunteer regularly.
Lemonade Stand = Good Business  
Article ImageA lemonade stand might seem like something for children to pull off on a warm summer day, but our Career Exploration Campers took it to the next level. Using the business skills they had worked on all week, they developed a product line of lemonade, water bottles and chips; researched the most cost effective source for the materials they would need; found a sponsor; developed a marketing plan; and even garnered some media attention.  
On June 22, they prepared the lemonade, set up their stand, took turns taking orders, chatted with customers and handled the financial side of business. 
Now in our 13th year of offering this quintessential summer experience to youth ages 6-22 of all abilities, camps range from Do It All to All About Animals. While most camps are full, a few openings remain. To learn more, check our websiteemail Jennifer or call 317-254-6621.

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