In the blink of an eye,
everything can change.
When a child is stricken by a life-threatening illness, everything changes – not just for the sick child, but also for the whole family. An all-consuming battle begins.
More than 200,000 of America’s children bear the burden of struggling against cancer or some other life-threatening illness.
The family goes through overwhelming fear, guilt and a sense of isolation. The stricken child feels all these things, along with physical pain. Families can be incredibly challenged and emotionally overwhelmed.
But miracles can come just as fast.
When sick children meet horses, amazing things happen. Clinical studies show (Cohort Study 2004, MacKinnon et al., Study 1995), there’s an instant calming effect. The child gains incredible self-confidence by bonding with the horse and becoming its caregiver. In just a week, a young patient can be transformed, newly prepared to face the unknown with a sense of mastery, faith and love.
The Legend’s Silhouette Stables Foundation offers this weeklong overnight, transformative equine therapy experience at no charge in Maryland’s lush Worthington Valley. Founded by Kelly and Tom Zink, who know what it’s like to have a gravely ill child, the foundation exists to help other sick children and families battle hopelessness -- and begin to heal.
John Walsh of America's Most Wanted
John Walsh is considered one of the most trusted people in America. Listen to what he has to say about this country's desperately ill children.