Since today is Father’s Day, it is only right that Derek Ladgenski should be mentioned. This father has faced fatherhood to a degree that most men could not and would not. You see, Derek’s six-year-old son Quinn Ladgenski has a neurological condition that would scare the pants off from the breadwinner of the family. Not Quinn’s dad though!
In fact, Derek will be speaking at the 27th Annual Golf Invitational, Fore the Kids, at Edgewood Valley Country Club in LaGrange, Illinois tomorrow to raise funds for Easter Seals of DuPage and Fox Valley. Instead of giving up when the going gets tough, this dad is going forward.
The announcement was made by Amie Schaenzer, Patch Editor on June 9th. Today of all days seemed like a fitting time to remind area residents that this Wheaton father should be looked upon with grace because he has never given up on helping his son. Ladgenski has taken the role that all fathers should and is standing by his son and raising awareness for those that help his child and his entire family.
Derek will speak in order to raise funds for Easter Seals; a non-profit organization that has meant the world to his family and especially to Quinn. Quinn’s mother Sarah is also grateful for the help, stating that the organization gave her family “hope.” Her husband is hoping to do the same for them and help raise awareness and much needed funds that allows Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley to continue offering the benefits to families that they currently offer to Quinn’s family.
Thanks to Easter Seals, Quinn has received physical, occupational, speech and nutrition therapy over the years. The organization has also been crucial in training the child to communicate with sign language since he is non-verbal; also obtaining for him an assistive technology device customized to his settings and allows him to be able to connect with the outside world.
Easter Seals is also currently working with the child to be able to dress himself and feed himself. Recently he has also learned from their experts how to be mobile using a walker.
Derek is so grateful for all of the services the organization has provided and in lieu of Father’s Day it seems fitting to mention how he is willing to pay back. Although the setting will be laid back and is meant as a good time to be had by all, the day will mean even more to the Ladgenski family as this will be their opportunity to get the word out and to do their part in helping Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley to prosper for years to come. The day will also provide the opportunity for the community to witness a good father doing everything he can for the child he loves!
Registration is still open and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For details, visit the Golf Invitational: Fore the Kids website at www.EasterSealsDFVR.org/ForeTheKids2014. Those who are interested in donating to Easter Seas DuPage & Fox Valley can do so on the website.