We need your vote STAT!! Vote YES to support Ligonier's newest and best therapy center

We need your vote STAT!! Vote YES to support Ligonier's newest and best therapy center

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cat markosky started this petition to State Senator Kim Ward and
Problem
We are not asking for money, we are asking for your support - your electronic signature that you are for this project!

We need to show the decision makers (collect signatures) that this project is necessary in Westmoreland County. A County similar to others in the State with serious heroin and opioid addiction, high rate of teen suicide, bullying, the more than 6,800 disabled school aged children, and nearly 8,000 children/youth in the County foster care system.

All of whom STAT (the 501c3 that operates the Center) can help in a remarkable, unique way - healing with horses.

This petition is solely to gather support for the Ligonier Therapeutic Center's 208' x 120' indoor arena and clinic to serve disabled populations, individuals with mental health challenges, and people who are in addiction recovery.

We are in it to change lives! Help us - just sign the petition and share to gather more signatures. Our goal is 2,000.

Solution
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENTIAL
THERAPY THAT DRIVES CHANGE

CLIENT CENTERED.
SOLUTION ORIENTED.
EVIDENCE DRIVEN.

It works!
Here at STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center, we offer:
*EAGALA* www.eagala.org
*Hippotherapy* www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org
*PATH Therapeutic Riding* www.pathintl.org

Personal story
Our Story
by Cat Markosky, Founder of STAT® Inc. and Owner/Operator of the Ligonier Therapeutic Center - 24 Stom Road, Ligonier, PA 15658

My son Mason was born 14 weeks premature. This caused brain injury and irreparable damage to his airway, resulting in Cerebral Palsy and tracheostomy and gastrostomy dependence. Mason wasn’t supposed to live; today, he is 17 :)

Mason was on life support in our living room until the age of 2 where I very carefully weaned him from his ventilator. He was extremely delayed in all physical and mental capacities. I felt deeply that the one thing Mason really needed was to experience fun and joy in life, a life that was destined to be cut short. He (We) had far too many hours logged into going to doctors and enduring surgical procedures!

By age 3, No matter what we tried, Mason was still unable to sit up or bend at his waist. It was then that I discovered a unique alternative physical therapy treatment called Hippotherapy. (Hippo is Greek for horse; no, we were not signing him up to ride hippopotamuses!)

I believed that Hippotherapy would fulfill two of my wishes for Mason: 1) to experience joy in life and 2) to find a way to motivate him to tolerate therapy...

I found that Hippotherapy is the MOST AMAZING AND EFFECTIVE therapy I had ever witnessed.

As difficult as the first 10 sessions, Mason thoroughly enjoyed his next 14, learning that riding was meant to be FUN! and upon returning home after that 24th session, I placed Mason on the floor of our living room where he SAT UP INDEPENDENTLY!

There is NO OTHER therapy that could have produced this outcome for my son. It was a miracle!

By age 5 Mason was walking with the assist of a walker and at the end of his 7th year, he took his first independent steps. TRULY REMARKABLE!

Mason is my hero. He is the hero for many who have come to know him here at the Ligonier Therapeutic Center. I mean, who knew an old horse named Rusty would become Mason’s most effectual therapist?!

It's hard to be a good parent. But parents raising children with special medical needs or raising a child with severe behavioral needs such as Autism - we are on constant alert, truly 24/7. The Ligonier Therapteutic Center was built to offer families a peaceful place, a non-judgmental atmosphere, a low stress, healing environment.

Today, I am an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist, working with all ages and levels of mental health challenges. I work alongside other Equine Specialists and Mental Heath Practitioners to offer the best of physical and mental health and wellness in Ligonier and across Westmoreland County, PA.

Let's change lives together. Help me, help us! Support this project and let us build a Center for Healing.

www.statinc.org
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