Raise the Roof – EA Pediatrics Expansion Fund


Expansion of EA Pediatrics

We are expanding our services to reach families who need specialized help now because of declining health and mobility. We will add more therapy staff and additional group class space for autism fitness, parent therapeutic education, and family healthy living programs. We will be ready by early spring to serve at least 50% of the families and children with therapeutic needs (1200 a year) in Olmsted County!

Your financial help is needed now to help reach this attainable goal. These families cannot wait until the pandemic is over, they need help now. Please be part of our Raise the Roof 4th Qtr. Expansion Campaign!

As a nonprofit, we are always striving to provide inclusive access to all who need our care. We provide recommended and desired care regardless of race, culture, insurance type, or ability to pay. We must rely on the generosity of you, our community friends, to help reach this goal. The reality is tough: 4% of our families have no insurance, 7% live at the poverty level.

Our goal is to raise $240,000 by December 31, 2020, to confidently move forward to expand our space while continuing our mission to serve all. Thank you to the Harper Family Foundation for their $140,000 gift to kick off our campaign and get us over halfway to our goal!

Read Ana’s story to hear what great work EA Pediatrics is doing!

We recognize that it is a challenging time for everyone and a tough time to think about growth. But now is not the time to slow in our fight to create strong families, support our youth, and improve the health of our community. We recognize that many will want to help but cannot contribute funds at this time. We need volunteers, too! If you would like to join our short-term campaign fundraising workgroup, and reach out to individuals/ businesses who would have the capacity in this challenging time to donate, please email vicki@exercisabilities.org and let her know!

Our success is your success as we end 2020 and move toward a healthier, more stable 2021!


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  • Lori“Melanie and her staff believe whole-heartedly that continuing physical therapy can benefit people with all kinds of physical disabilities. I have seen positive results and have great hope for further gains through my work with ExercisAbilities.” - Watch her story here.
    - Lori
  • Carissa“I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for ExercisAbilities and the friendships I’ve formed there. I’m more active in my daily life, physically and socially. They have helped me become myself again and I’m excited for what my future holds.” - Watch her story here.
    - Carissa
  • tom“With ExercisAbilities help Tom takes care of his own personal cares, exercises 5 days a week to build up strength in his legs and keep his body functioning. Without it, he would simply be laying in a bed and we all know that is no quality of life. Thank you EA for giving Tom a true chance to recover and live the best life he can despite his disabilities at this time.” - Watch his story here.
    - Tom and his sister LuAnn
  • don“ExercisAbilities relieved most of his pain within an hour of therapy. Since then they have helped Don strengthen muscles he didn’t realize he could control. His walk is improving, his pain is now minimal, he is out and about again, and he again has hope. Wow!”
    - Don and Rosella K
  • brad“ExercisAbilities is how it inspires me to never give up, with the endless support of those incredible people. My family and I will forever be grateful for the finding of this place that changed my life, going from despair to hopeful. Thank you Melanie and team, for making such a difference in my life!” - Watch his story here.
    - Brad
  • megan“You can never stop.  You have to keep working always" - Watch her story here.
    - Megan
  • clayton"I would not be independent today if it was not for ExercisAbilities" - Watch his story here.
    - Clayton
  • joe“I need a place where I feel comfortable. To be myself in order to get better.”
    - Joe
  • "The pediatric program is excellent! Knowledgeable and fun therapists keep my son engaged and wanting to come back!"
    - Rebekah, parent
  • "It has helped me own my own body again. Feeling physically ABLE to gain stamina, mobility, and strength. I am whole. Also helps me physically and emotionally manage my life. Being supported and learning what the human body is capable of! I am worth it."
    - Dorie


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