Once again this year, the DDC Clinic held their annual celebration, the 19th Patchwork Benefit. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of DDC Clinic’s, Center for Special Needs Children.
“We had 285 guests and raised approximately 90,000!” aid atti Gallagher, business manager for the Center, and again this year, Chem Technologies supported as Event Sponsor.
The evening began by providing opportunities for guests to bid in Chinese and silent auctions while enjoying delectable hors d’oeuvres. After everyone was seated, a large group of Amish singers gathered to share a cappella a beautiful selection of hymns.
Dr. Heng Wang, DDC medical director, provided an inspirational update about the ground-breaking research work being accomplished with Cohen Syndrome patients, and introduced special guests, Bruce, Diane and Allen Wargo, a family who has received successful treatment at the Clinic. Other highlights featured accomplished pianists, Emily Qian and Tina Xin; an exciting group-bidding competition for incredibly decadent desserts and a lucrative live auction hosted by the engaging Mr. Crist Miller.
Several of the members of the original steering committee attended the event.
Located just east of Middlefield, the “DDC Clinic – Center for Special Needs Children” is a non-profit primary care and research facility serving people with special needs caused by rare genetic disorders. The clinic is a unique collaboration connecting the Amish and non-Amish communities, families, medical professionals and research scientists. Proceeds from this year’s Patchwork Benefit will continue to help raise awareness of rare genetic disorders and their impact on families in our community, across the country and around the world.
It was in 1999 when a steering committee with Amish and non-Amish explored the potential creation of a center to treat children with special needs and provide support for their families in this area. This group worked diligently to provide a vision for the DDC Clinic that has guided the progress for the past 20 years. The facility is a family-centered gathering place and specialized care clinic, patient-oriented research facility, pioneering genomics research and diagnostics capabilities with results shared globally.
DDC Clinic has now served more than 1,000 patient-families regardless of their ability to pay, and continues to fulfill the vision of the Clinic’s founders by improving the quality of life for children with special needs and giving their families hope now and for many years to come. For more info go to http://www.ddcclinic.org.