BUTLER TWP. — When Anna Pearson was asked if her four year old triplets would serve as Ambassadors for United Rehabilitation Services’ (URS) 12th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta, the Butler Township resident didn’t have to think long.
That’s because URS has been instrumental in the lives of Pearson and her children Zeva, Gage, and Meah.
The triplets, who attend preschool at Demmitt Elementary School, were born premature and, at first, healthy.
Zeva, though, developed complications and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsey when she was 15 months old.
Pearson was referred to URS for therapeutic services for Zeva, and is thankful.
“We have seen great results at URS,” said Pearson. “The staff and therapists who work there are just good people full of compassion. Even the therapists we have never seen know about Zeva, comment on her progress, and watch all the kids. When a child goes from not being able to walk to taking that first step, they all celebrate and are moved to tears. It’s a warm, friendly, compassionate place to go.”
Zeva takes intensive Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy at URS and has learned how to sit, crawl, stand, and walk short distances with a walker.
“Zeva knows how to crawl, and that’s her main mode of getting around,” said her mother. “She can use the walker, but she is totally dependent on us. We are her means for most tasks.”
Pearson said that attending preschool at Demmitt has been good for Zeva.
“Attending preschool has really helped her come out of her shell,” she said. “She attends a typical class with all the other kids and is experiencing every thing a normal child would at school. She also gets therapy at school. The school district has been great to us.”
The URS Rubber Duck Regatta, presented by Synchrony Financial, is one of the agency’s largest fundraisers each year. It will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015, in conjunction with the Taste of Miami Valley at RiverScape MetroPark.
At least 20,000 bright yellow rubber ducks will be dropped by crane from the Riverside Drive Bridge for a controlled race to the finish for 6 great prizes. All proceeds from this event benefit vital programs and therapies for local children and adults with disabilities.
Ducks can be adopted for $5 each or a Quack Pack of 6 ducks for $25 (1 duck free). Each Quack Pack also receives a free sub from Jersey Mike’s. There are three easy ways to adopt ducks: 1) Visit www.daytonducks.com, 2) Call 235-DUCK (3825) 3) Pick up an Adoption Form at Kroger Stores, Jersey Mikes Subs locations or URS’ Offices at 4710 Old Troy Pike at Needmore.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 6 finishing ducks in this year’s Regatta. The Grand Prize is a 7-bedroom Houseboat Vacation from Norris Lake Houseboat Rentals, $1,000 gift card to Kroger, $1,000 gift card to Watsons, 2 Southwest Tickets, $500 to James Free Jewelers, and a 2-in-1 Detachable Laptop, courtesy of Computer Creations.
The URS Rubber Duck Regatta will take place on Saturday, September 19th with a “Quacky Kid’s Parade” at 2:30 p.m. and the Big Drop of at least 20,000 ducks at 3 p.m. Call 937-235-DUCK for more information or visit www.daytonducks.com.