12 responses to New Clinic to Open for Special Children & Adults in Big Valley, PA
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    Robin Miller
    Comment on Clinic For Special Children (June 11th, 2015 at 08:03)

    Clinic For Special Children

    Near and dear to my heart … my daughter and granddaughter (her daughter) were both born with Pierre Robin Syndrome (cleft palate) and my grandson is on the Autism spectrum. I would love to attend one of these auctions to benefit such a worthy cause. Bless these special children!!

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      Comment on Special needs children (June 11th, 2015 at 09:31)

      Special needs children

      Many other cultures have accepted “special needs” children as a true “Godsend.” 1 of our 3 children “has” Aspergers and schizophrenia, as well as being a “slow learner.” Some folks have actually thought he’s “demonized,” among other really negative labels. We are so grateful for being Bible believers. Where we go to “church” is such an encouraging place. There may be a few who are sorta “stand offish,” mainly because they aren’t sure how to relate to or with him, but the vast majority try to be encouraging. If folks could only make/take the time to communicate with him, they would find out how much of a gift from God he truly is. May God continue to grant these folks the strength and patience to endure.

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    Amish girl – Rebecca
    Comment on Truly a gift ! (June 11th, 2015 at 09:56)

    Truly a gift !

    God’s special children are truly a gift and I enjoy every moment I spend with them. And I also thank all parents of special children who share their children with the rest of us. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Many times we just don’t know how to help or respond and we’re afraid of hurting or offending the parents. And to everyone else out there, if you have the chance- get to know a special child. You will truly be blessed. Last, but not least God bless all parents of his “special Angels” !

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    Comment on Thanks for sharing! (June 11th, 2015 at 16:35)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Wonderful article and wonderful pictures to complement! Thanks for sharing. I know dr. Morton’s brother has spent years laying the groundwork for this clinic, so nice to see it advancing!

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      Comment on Central Pennsylvania Clinic (June 12th, 2015 at 22:07)

      Central Pennsylvania Clinic

      Hi Shipshewana, thought of you when I saw this:


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    Comment on Mifflinburg auction (June 11th, 2015 at 18:15)

    Mifflinburg auction

    I attended the Mifflinburg auction last week – my first time for that one. It is perhaps 1/3 the size of the main auction in Leola, which made it much easier to get back and forth between the auction and the food. I would put the attendance at about 80% Mennonite and 20% Amish, though of course there were some English folks there as well. Drs. Morton, Strauss, and Williams made their usual inspiring speeches, which are always well-received. I am always amazed at how quiet it gets when they are ready to talk. The scenery around Mifflinburg and nearby Penn’s Valley is very similar to the rolling hills and valleys of Lancaster or Holmes counties.

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      Comment on New Clinic to Open for Special Children & Adults in Big Valley, PA (June 12th, 2015 at 07:44)

      Hello Rick, I was at Mifflinburg as well. I have never attended a Lancaster County auction and try to stay on this side of the River. OK, Gratz and Lebanon are my exceptions. Mifflinburg had such a variety of plain folks. I noticed three different groups of Amish and five or six sects of Mennonite. I noticed the Mennonite men cooked the chicked and Amish men made the ice cream. Have yo ever been to the Beaver Run sale in Danville? I’m wondering haow it compares in size to the Lancaster County events.

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    Comment on Clinics for Special Children (June 12th, 2015 at 11:52)

    Clinics for Special Children

    Thank you for this post, Erik!
    Eleven more photos from the Union County auction can be seen at:

    Another clinic in the “family,” in collaboration with the Clinic for Special Children, is New Leaf Center in Mt. Eaton, Ohio, in the Wayne/Holmes County area, which opened in January 2013.
    New Leaf Center
    PO Box 336
    15988B East Chestnut St.
    Mt. Eaton, OH 44659
    Phone: 330-359-9888
    Fax: 330-359-9890
    http://plaintargetmarketing.com/new-leaf-clinic-for-special-children/ (article and pictures)

    The Indiana Community Health Clinic had their 3rd annual benefit fundraiser auction on May 8, 2015. In the fall, they have a Dutch Dinner fundraiser.

    The Clinic for Special Children is co-hosting the 3rd annual “Translational Medicine in Plain Populations” conference, July 9-10, 2015, in Lancaster, PA. Registration deadline: Tuesday, June 30th.
    The aim is to bring together clinicians, scientists, administrators, and other interested parties to discuss health and science topics related to the Plain populations of North America.

    Is the Wisconsin clinic in the planning stage, or already going, or expanding? “La Farge clinic tailored to revolutionize, economize treatments for Amish”

    (Center for Special Children – A presentation by Dr. James DeLine of the La Farge Medical Clinic-VMH. May 4, 2015, Wisconsin. 1:03:36. They plan to have a family medical clinic, not just for children with special needs.)

    (Windows of Hope project, understanding inherited conditions.

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      Amish girl- Rebecca
      Comment on New Clinic to Open for Special Children & Adults in Big Valley, PA (June 13th, 2015 at 09:07)

      I’m so glad to see people in different states/communities starting these clinics to help “special” children. Here in Holmes we have a program set up where single ladies volunteer to take care of special children on week-ends. This is a good break for the parents and it’s a blessing to the caregivers as we get to know these girls and their parents. We usually have 2 or 3 caregivers and up to 5 or 6 children each Sunday and it’s also available for them Fri. eve and Saturday.
      There would be a great need for more of these places, so hopefully in the future more can be set up. And perhaps others could set up similar programs in other communities. You will be blessed for helping these “special” children.

    • And thanks for the nice addition Linda. You always seem to have your finger on the pulse of what’s going on out there 🙂

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    Comment on to Jerry (June 12th, 2015 at 16:55)

    to Jerry

    No, I haven’t been to the Beaver Run sale. I live in Virginia, so I only make it to a few auctions in PA each year. It becomes difficult to decide which ones on occasion since they have a tendency to be on the same Saturday of the month each year. I usually opt for the New Wilmington PA auction but wanted to see the Mifflinburg one for something different – can’t say which of those 2 I’d pick for next year.

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    Comment on Center for Special Children Auction in Wisconsin (July 22nd, 2015 at 12:39)

    Center for Special Children Auction in Wisconsin

    First Annual Public Benefit Auction and Bake Sale to support the CENTER FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN, A place for families with genetic and metabolic conditions, a program in LaFarge, Wisconsin.

    Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
    at the Central Wisconsin Produce Auction, Withee, Wisconsin
    Breakfast starts at 8:00!

    Amish and Mennonite families are organizing this auction to assist. Money raised at this benefit auction will go to a restricted fund in the Vernon Memorial Healthcare Foundation.


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