Kids In Need: Meet Susie!

Susie Mettler
It only takes one second…one person…to change your life forever. December 15, 2013 is the day when Susie’s life changed. Susie, a 17 year old High School Senior was severely injured in a sledding accident. Susie hit a tree head-on, breaking 4 vertebrae in her neck and 1 in her back. This accident has left Susie a Quadriplegic with no body function below her arm-pits, and limited function of her arms. Susie is an out going kid, involved in sports, raising 4-H livestock, and community functions. Susie plans to continue her education and go to college, although this life event is has caused her to reconsider what her life goals are.
Susie
Throughout this event, Susie’s spirit remains strong, she’s quick with a smile and usually has a joke on the tip of her tongue. Susie’s life is going to be different, but she has the right attitude. In rehab, Susie has met a few people with skilled service dogs, and she realizes what a benefit one could be as she moves toward independence. Thank you for your assistance in helping her achieving her goals.
Our deep sympathy to Tina, Chuck, Jenny, all of Susie’s family and friends and teammates. A W.A.G.S. kid now and forever… Susie Mettler was a great inspiration … fierce and ferocious about life and her future. Tonight as the fireworks fly, Susie is in Heaven running to bat the sparks back down to earth for us to see. Forever free on the 4th of July.
Thank You For Helping Us Honor Susie's Memory & Making A Donation In Her Honor! We Are BLOWN AWAY!

Total Raised: $19,315.24! Thank You For Helping Us Honor Susie’s Memory & Making A Donation In Her Honor! We Are BLOWN AWAY!

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You can also mail a check to:

W.A.G.S. 4 Kids

112 E. Center Street

Berea, OH 44017

Please make a memo note that your donation is in Susie’s Name.

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1st Annual Grindstone Charity Classic Showcase

1st Annual Grindstone Charity Classic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sera Nelson ​​​​​​​​​​
Phone: 216-586-5853 ext. 2​​​​​​​
E-mail: sera@wags4kids.com ​​​​​​
Website: www.wags4kids.org

Gregg Napoli
Phone: 216-386-6859
E-mail: Nocanes@hotmail.com
Website: www.grindstonecharityclassic.com

KIDS WHO CAN, PlAYING FOR KIDS WHO CAN’T
The 1st Annual Grindstone Charity Classic Showcase
May 31, 2014 at Berea-Midpark High School Baseball Field to benefit W.A.G.S. 4 Kids

Berea, OH – April 14, 2014 – We are excited to welcome you to attend the 1st Annual Grindstone Charity Classic Showcase (GCC) to be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 9AM to 3PM at BEREA MIDPARK H.S. BASEBALL FIELD. For many high school Sophomore, Junior and Senior participants this will be their first showcase and for others this will be a great way to continue to show their talents and compete against the best of the best in an individual setting. It’s a chance to improve skills! A day to build your character!

This event will offer participants the opportunity to truly showcase their baseball talents in a variety of competitive drills and events. The Grindstone Charity Classic will also provide some great educational discussion led by some of the best area College Coaches and Professional Baseball Players former and Current. They will make sure you know what it takes to fulfill your dreams on the diamond. Majority of proceeds from The GCC will be donated to W.A.G.S. 4 KIDS – an organization that trains and matches service dogs that provide therapeutic, emotional and physical support for children with disabilities and their families.

Players will have the unique opportunity to meet, greet, see and be seen by over 15 Scouts representing Professional and College (D1, D2, D3 and JUCO) Teams! PRO SCOUTS ATTENDING: N.Y.METS, TEXAS RANGERS. College Scouts Attending: BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY, LAKE ERIE COLLEGE, LAKELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MARIETTA COLLEGE, MIAMI UNIVERSITY, NOTRE DAME COLLEGE, OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY, SINCLAIR COLLEGE, TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION, WABASH COLLEGE, WALSH UNIVERSITY, YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

In partnership with W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, ESPN Cleveland and other partners, Food & Beverages will be provided for all Coaches & Scouts throughout the day. Registration is $110 and includes an online player profile, GCC Jersey and the chance to be seen and scouted! Player evaluations will be identified and ranked on the GCC website FREE for one year! Register your player today at http://www.grindstonecharityclassic.com. The first 50 registrations receive a FREE $50 Dick’s gift card.

BEREA MIDPARK H.S. BASEBALL FIELD is located at 165 E. Bagley Road, Berea, Ohio. In case of inclement weather the showcase will be indoors at The Berea Sports Complex 7220 Pleasant Avenue Berea, Ohio off East Bagley Road. For more information about the event, contact Sera Nelson at 216-408-4321 or sera@wags4kids.com. Learn more about W.A.G.S. 4 Kids and the Grindstone Charity Classic Showcase by visiting our website at http://www.wags4kids.org and http://www.grindstonecharityclassic.com or follow @grindstonecc

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Mission Accomplished! Lizzy & Her Forever Boy Connor

 

Connor

When end we first met Connor, he was a little boy with a very simple wish. He wanted a service dog.

Connor was diagnosed with Autism shortly after his 4th birthday. He was developing and hitting most milestones on schedule: He crawled, sat up and started walking around one. While his speech was delayed, progress was made with the help of speech therapy. His parents found some wonderful specialists and without their help we would not be where we are today. In 2009, Connor had a feeding tube placed in his nose. Within 6 months we saw great progress – 9 pounds. They stopped the tube for 1 year hoping his body would continue to grow and develop on its own but it did not. In 2012 a GI was placed in his stomach. A few months after that he was diagnosed with RSS (Russell-Silver Syndrome) which is a muscle problem with a failure to thrive. Even with all these obstacles, Connor is full of life, bright, funny and a joy to be with.

In 2013 – Connor’s friends and family rallied around in an effort to help him reach the $8,000 Family Fundraising goal. Between individual gifts, and those who showed up at Connor’s Cleats fundraiser….MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Thanks all of you who have given, in April 2014 – Connor met his new friend for life Lizzy!

Connor & Lizzy

 

Connor’s family knows they still face many challenges ahead. However the presence of a service dog will boost Connor’s socialization skills, relationships, respect for others and self  worth. “Animals have a very calming affect which Connor sometimes needs. As a parent, you want to give your child everything, but without your help and contributions, I’m not sure if this would be possible.”

None of this would be possible…without you! This is just one of many stories that starts with a simple wish. For each child that you help to reach their goals we pay it forward so that the next child has a chance to receive a friend for life.  These dogs provide an incomparable and indescribable emotional, physical and therapeutic partner.T

Change A Life. Have A Heart. Be A Friend For Life. Click Here to make a donation in the name of Connor.

You can also mail a check to:
W.A.G.S. 4 Kids
112 E. Center Street
Berea, OH 44017