It Starts With Jeremy And A Dad’s Love . . .
At the age of three years old, Jeremy came down with flu-like symptoms and did not receive the necessary IV therapy that was needed for him to recover from severe dehydration. As a result Jeremy is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
On a fishing trip Jeremy’s dad saw a wonderful change in his son and the beginnings of Handicapped Challenge was started, “What if other children with disabilities and their families could experience this same joy, away from their everyday surroundings and outside with fresh air and new adventures!”
The Plan Going Forward . . .
We want small groups of disabled youths will come to our retreat, for varying periods of time, which will be set up to accommodate their specific needs. We will provide them uniquely individual experiences in a camp like setting. This will provide therapy in so many different ways.
Indoor housing will be standard yet with the option of outdoor camping if desired (weather permitting). Special needs youth will be accompanied by parents, caregivers, or custodians.
They will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that are not normallyavailable to them which include activities like fishing, archery, swimming, camp fires, horseback riding, hay rides, sledding, remote control car racing, and snowmobile rides, just to name just a few.
How Soon Will We Open?
We are in the process of identifying property in the Coeur d’ Alene area to implement our mission and develop our corporate headquarters. The Coeur d’ Alene area offers excellent medical facilities and transportation services needed to serve the needs of our participants. In addition, we believe that any needed product or service can be obtained in the immediate area. This will provide or support jobs and utilize businesses right here in Kootenai County. We are dedicated to using local services unless they can not be obtained otherwise.
The Future of Handicapped Challenge:
We envision similar facilities spaced throughout the United States giving us the ability to serve as many exceptional kids and their families as we can.