In late May 2009 a BIG dream became a reality! Over 20 children anxiously waited as the therapy pool was officially opened on the Padres y Compadres / Push International shared campus.
20 years ago Annarita (the daughter of Padres y Compadres’ founder) had an accidental near drowning in a pool and was left with a brain injury and cerebral palsy like symptoms. It has been Rita’s dream to build a therapy pool on our campus because she knows the great gains that children can make while they are in the water. The dream came full circle when Annarita was the first person to step into the pool; the same thing that took so much from her 20 years ago. As she stepped in, she let out a joyful scream, with a big smile on her face and threw her arms up in the air.
jamie in poolThe new therapy pool will provide Annarita and all the other children with another form of therapy for many years to come. Some of the children have already made great gains in the pool. They are having a wonderful time taking part in their therapy. Videos of the chidren laughing as they do therapy in the pool can be seen below