The Most Magical Trip on Earth

“The bumps are tickling my tummy!” Ryan yelled as we jetted down the runway. Years of working and saving up had finally paid off. “It’s party time!” Ryan shouted. Everyone on the plane was in agreement – it was party time! Ryan and I were off to Disney World.   Those who don’t know Ryan […]

Thad’s Story

Airplanes are something that Thad Schmidt is very familiar with. The 55-year-old Edinboro Circle resident has flown in several airplanes throughout his life. His late father was a smoke jumper in the 1940’s, parachuting onto forest fires in the Montana Rockies, and used to get his friends to give Thad rides.   “Dad was always […]

Carl Spangler – Red RoseRun

Carl Spangler flashes a shy smile as he sits in the press room at the Lancaster Barnstormer’s Stadium. Wearing a blue t-shirt and ball cap, which he frequently lowers to cover his face, he still can’t master the skill of trying to hide his beautifully straight teeth. Spangler, a humble 56-year-old man, is preparing to […]

Jillian’s Story

Jillian Leed stands at her stove, stirring a chicken, baked potato and vegetable soup. Just a year ago, this was something she couldn’t do. The 35-year-old has been living independently in her own apartment for the last two years. “I like it (here),” she said. Her one-bedroom apartment on the second floor of her apartment […]

Tyler’s Story

Tyler is an energetic kid who loves to play with Legos and Power Rangers. His favorite color is blue and he loves reading Disney’s McQueen Series. He also enjoys playing at parks and playgrounds. Tyler attends S. June Smith Center’s Inclusive Preschool. While Tyler doesn’t have any developmental needs, his parents shared with us a […]

Nadia’s Story

Nadia is a social butterfly!  She loves playing with her baby dolls and caring for them. Her favorite color is pink. She loves to paint, color and sing. She is a huge fan of books and loves the characters in the stories. Her favorite book is Sophia the First. Nadia’s love for stories also extends […]

Jada’s Story

When you meet Jada, the first thing you will notice about her is how energetic and loving she is! It is no surprise that this energetic girl loves to run around outside, swim, dance like a ballerina and play with her friends and cousins. She also enjoys coloring and putting puzzles together. Jada has received […]

Allegra’s Story

When we asked Anthony and Kristie what one word best to describe their daughter, Allegra’s, personality they answered, “charismatic!”  Their family started their journey with the S. June Smith Center through our Birth to Three program where Allegra received physical, occupational, and speech therapy in their home.  The three therapists from the S. June Smith Center […]