Original post made on Aug 22, 2007
On a bright afternoon in early August, Henry Evans' face lit up. In the bedroom of his Los Altos home, he demonstrated how -- with only a slight movement of his head -- he could do something he had not done for years: turn on his television.
Photos by Norbert von der Groeben/Palo Alto Weekly.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 11:55 AM
on Aug 22, 2007 at 7:43 pm
Excellent story! My wife was in the other room reading when I suddenly heard her say "wow - this is so cool." She told my son about it because he wants to be an inventor, and she's now reading the full story aloud to him. I love what this story shows about compassion, creativity, Henry's incredible perseverance, everyone's hard work and dedication, the great things that teens are capable of (even if they're not 4.0 students - imagine that!). Glad to have some follow up on a story covered at an earlier phase.
(I'm also proud of the writing job by my former student. Well done, Rotem!)
on Aug 23, 2007 at 7:57 am
I loved reading this story. The enthusiasm and dedication of all who were involved is truly inspirational. I especially enjoyed reading (several times) the fact that the students involved were not 4.0 students! I am a home teacher and work with students who are too sick to be in school. Some of the are out for most of or all of the school year. I am always looking for stories to inspire and encourage them. This story will be one of my favorites to share.
on Aug 23, 2007 at 5:25 pm
WE ARE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN BIGFORK, MONTANA WHERE JANE, HENRY, AND FAMILY LIVED FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS WHEN HE WENT TO THERAPY HERE A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO. THEIR EXAMPLES OF PERSEVERANCE, LOVE, AND DEDICATION TO EACHOTHER AND THEIR FAMILY IS REMARKABLE. IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER. THEIR STORY, ALTHOUGH IT SEEMS, JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER.
WE STILL REMEMBER THOSE COLD SNOWY MONTANA DAYS WHEN THEY CAUTIOUSLY HEADED DOWN THE ICY HILL IN THEIR VAN TO GET TO ONE (TWO OR THREE) OF HENRY'S THERAPIES (PHYSICAL, OCCUPATIONAL, AND SPEECH)IN KALISPELL WHICH WAS ABOUT 25 MILES ONE WAY. JUST TRANSFERRING HENRY IN AND OUT OF THE VAN WAS A LOT OF WORK AND VERY COLD FOR BOTH OF THEM. I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT HENRY WAS A VERY HARD WORKER IN THERAPY. HE HAD A GOOD COACH, JANE, WHO KNEW WHAT HE STILL HAD INSIDE AND WOULD NOT LET HIM TAKE THE "EASY WAY OUT".
WE CONNECTED WITH THEM FOR MANY REASONS INCLUDING A LOVE FOR THE BEAUTY OF FLATHEAD LAKE AND THE VIEWS WE HAVE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE MISS THEM SO BUT KNOW WE ARE STILL BLESSED TO KNOW THEM AS LIFE LONG FRIENDS.
AS FOOTBALL SEASON NEARS, AGAIN WE HAVE TO CHEER FOR USC AND WISH THE BEST FOR NOTRE DAME. CONTINUED GOOD LUCK HENRY!! YES, WE ARE STILL FRIENDS....
KATHY & JON
P.S. I, KATHY, LOVE WHAT THE STUDENTS HAVE DONE.....I HAVE A BACKGROUND IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU WITH YOUR ENDEAVORS!!!
P.S. CAN'T WAIT TO VISIT YOU AND YOURS IN CALIFORNIA .