Rachel is a young single mother who cares for her 3 year old daughter, Riley, who has Cerebral Palsy. She recently purchased a power chair to assist with Riley’s mobility. Unfortunately, she will also need to purchase a new vehicle to transport the power chair.
Recently, Riley's father was in a serious motorcycle accident. He has been diagnosed with a diffuse axonal moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. In the midst of this news, preparing Riley for her new school, and finishing yoga teacher training, Rachel has learned to keep her head above water by reaching out to those that are having an even harder time. She feels blessed to be healthy and have access to physical therapy & yoga and wonderful programs and friends. “I look forward to sharing this blessing with as many families as I can while raising awareness about the benefits of inclusion play and healing arts.”
Rachel currently runs a resource support group for families of children with special needs, called Special Families of Palm Beach County. It brings her great joy to meet and share resources with other families, even just to have an outing for the kids can be so uplifting. She hosts park play dates for this group every Tuesday at 4:30 followed by Healing Family Reiki by donation at 7:30. In Rachel’s words, “It is a priority of mine to facilitate healing for myself and others with healing arts including yoga, massage, meditation and reiki. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. I also volunteer to help families with their own fundraisers.” Monies from the Palm Beach Chapter went towards the purchase of a new van to transport Riley's power chair.