Their smiles and laughter are more than enough thanks. The letters and coloring pages they send are a sweet bonus.
And last night, they humbled us at the annual Easter Seals Tribute Dinner by presenting Mrs. Koch with the "Creating Solutions, Changing Lives" Award.
This photo says it all, doesn't it:
Plaques can be a dime a dozen, but this framed photo will leave a lasting impression on the hearts of all who see it. Just look at those happy little hams!
The folks at Fifth Third Bank were also honored for their tremendous support of children and adults with disabilities in the tri-state area.
And so were the Thompson twins. Emilie and Kaitlin Thompson are the incredible young women who, a decade ago, decided to give back to the Rehab Center by holding their own fundraiser. Their LemonAid Stand has raised money and awareness over the years.
It was an evening filled with laughter, tears, and black olives (Mrs. Koch picked mine out of my Greek salad before Rachel or Lori could get them).
We'll always treasure the lessons of love, determination and strength the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center families and staff have taught us.