"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wednesday at Joni and Friends Part 6

Wednesday was KING SWING day for the teens! Yes, Charity was feeling well and able to go participate, much to her joy!

She was happy to be able to capture images of even the most disabled teens being able to participate as well! Charity said some of the teens who appeared to sleep most of the time, and maybe even appeared to be sleeping while put into the chair and secured, would light up with joy as they felt the G-forces and went swooping through the air.

The joy that lit up this father's face as he saw his daughter begin to become animated was touching.

These moments were deeply touching.

Soon enough, it was Charity's turn. A friend captured a few shots.

The able-bodied teens climbed a ladder and were strapped into a harness.

The ladder was moved away, and the winching upward began.

Unhook the bungee cord, and away through the air! Charity goes rappelling, so the height was nothing to her. But she said the G-forces surprised her. As you can see by the smile on her face, she loved the ride though!

 Kristina got to do this too, but she was in a different group, and Charity was not there with her camera to record it. Hopefully when our CD of photos arrives from Joni and Friends, there will be some on there to capture her moment! Kristina said she was scared, but contrary to all the teasing she got ahead of time, she did NOT scream--at all.

Here's a photo Charity took of her new friend, M, that shows the set-up a little more!

Soon enough, lunch time arrived. Miss Katya totally shocked us when we realized she had neatly cut her hamburger up WITH A KNIFE AND FORK. YAY FOR KAYTA! Seeing as all she knew how to do was CONVEY food to her mouth with a spoon when she arrived just over two years ago, and we have been working ever since to try to teach her how to eat . . . well, this was huge! And definitely worthy of a photo to commemorate!

See, being at Joni and Friends was good for Katya!!

(To be Continued . . . )

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