Support the PDAA through the Benefit for Pediatrics Night-of-Appeal!
The Penny Doerge Adaptive Academy (PDAA), a program offered at the Lerner Children’s Pavilion, the children’s hospital at HSS, organizes local and regional adaptive programs to offer pediatric patients with challenging musculoskeletal conditions the opportunity to participate in active adventures.
The PDAA at HSS was established in 2014 to organize local and regional adaptive programs for kids and teens that face a range of disabilities and require the support of trained guides or equipment adaptations to safely participate in a range of activities designed for patients to realize new skills and interests, some they did not think possible, reinforce therapy goals, and encourage socialization and fun.
The PDAA has enhanced the hospital experience for numerous children and families by making possible many activities that parents never thought their children would be able to experience. It has become a very special part of HSS, bringing comfort, excitement, and joy to our youngest patients who need it the most.
Dedicated to the memory of Penny Doerge, a long-time patient of Dr. Widmann’s, and the daughter of HSS Trustee, Board of Advisors Co-Chair, and Pediatric Council member, Kate Doerge. Penny was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (NF1) as an infant, but never let her diagnosis hold her back. Penny lived a life full of purpose, passion, and joy, and through her actions showed countless others how to live with grace. The PDAA helps pediatric patients of all mobility levels experience active adventures with an expanded focus on three key themes that are central to how Penny lived her life: motion, expression, and inclusion.
We were pleased to celebrate the newly named Penny Doerge Adaptive Academy through the special night-of appeal at the 2023 Benefit for Pediatrics. 100% of your donation will support the PDAA in expanding its offerings to our youngest patients. Thank you in advance for your support!
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