RAHWAY — The Robles family is the first team to register for The Arc of Union County’s 8th Annual Step Up for The Arc Walk/Run. This major fundraising event to support programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Oak Ridge Park, Clark.
This is the second year that the Robles family – parents Shawn and Jessica, son Terrence and daughter Marlena – have participated in the event. Shawn and Jessica say that Terrence is precisely what motivates the family’s involvement in this event. Terrence was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and chronic lung disease, and has received services from The Arc of Union County since he was an infant.
Jessica commented, “The Arc gives my son and our family a chance to get the help and support we need, so that Terrence can live his life to the fullest.”
Terrence, who will be five years old in November, currently attends The Arc Kohler School in Mountainside where he is given the opportunities to help him excel academically as well as socially.
Jessica stated, “I consider Terrence differently-abled, not disabled, and he lives an active life with many interests.” Terrence loves going to the movies, watching cartoons and enjoys spending time with his mom while she jogs, she said. His passion is fire trucks. When a local fire truck visited Kohler School not only did Terrence get to sit in it, the fire department even made him a junior fire chief.
The Robles familyhas already exceeded their original fundraising goal of $500. In fact, they have set a new goal of $750 – $1,000. Jessica is confident they will succeed in meeting this new goal. She hopes to inspire parents of differently-abled children to expose their children to new and unique experiences, so that they too may live rich and fulfilling lives.
To make a donation to the Robles fundraising team, visit: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/tmanrocks/step-up-for-the-arc-2013.
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