Gifts Provide First Steps

Using the Lokomat, a robotic treadmill, Dillon is able to walk for the first time in his life. The Lokomat’s robotic legs fit around his legs and guide his steps as a therapist at a computer controls the movements and how much weight he must support. Dillon’s parents and doctors hope it can train his muscles and brain to do the real thing on his own.

Children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions have the chance to learn what it feels like to walk because of a computer-powered treadmill called the Lokomat.

A donation from the Association of Volunteers of the Convalescent Hospital for Children, a fundraising auxiliary of Cincinnati Children’s, enabled the medical center to purchase a Lokomat, making Cincinnati Children’s one of the first pediatric hospitals in the country to adopt the high-tech robotic treadmill.

Now, thanks to a generous gift from Ohio National Financial Services, Cincinnati Children’s has taken this innovative care even further with the addition of a Motion Analysis Lab.

The Lokomat and Motion Analysis Lab are part of the Center for Advanced Technology at Cincinnati Children’s, which helps young patients receive the best diagnostics and treatments available for mobility impairments. Generous gifts like those from Ohio National and the Association of Volunteers made it possible to establish the center.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio National has supported Cincinnati Children’s for more than 20 years. Last year, they gave their largest commitment to date to provide equipment for the Motion Analysis Lab.

“Confident, healthy, self-assured children are the future of our community,” says Doc Huffman, president and CEO of Ohio National. “The Motion Analysis Lab at Cincinnati Children’s will help develop the children in our community who need extra care in the path to mobility. We are confident it will enrich the lives of those who need extra support.”

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