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Joe's Story

  • Author: Joseph U
  • Date Submitted: Feb 9, 2024

Joseph U. is an 18-year-old boy from Dorrance, PA, affected by Partial Trisomy 16. This is a chromosomal deformity that results in cognitive and physical limitations.

Joe first started therapy at Allied Services when he was just eight months old and continued with physical, occupational, and speech therapies until last year. Joe has made huge progress in therapy, both physically and socially. He shocked everyone by riding a bike on his own in therapy one day!

Joe loves hanging out and socializing with kids his age. He also enjoys swimming and horseback riding. Joe’s mom, Lisa, describes him as a “ham,” as his presence alone can brighten up a room and make everyone happy. He has a friendly, contagious smile that brings joy and warmth to everyone he meets.

"We are blessed and grateful to all the wonderful therapists who helped Joseph meet his physically challenged goals through his many years at Allied Services," says Mom, Lisa.

Joe

Sustaining Pediatric Services - with YOUR help.

Each year, Allied Services provides:

  • 29,784 pediatric therapy appointments.
  • 8,524 hours of treatment to children on Medical Assistance.
  • Services for 1,200 children in the Wyoming Valley.

Each year, the Pediatric Program in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre provides life-changing care to children, many of whom are underinsured or uninsured. Sustaining costly services and ensuring access to care for children in our area has become increasingly challenging due in part to escalating healthcare expenses and restrictive reimbursement rates. The heavy annual expenses incurred by the program place these vital pediatric services at risk.