Meet Christian Greenwell, a WHAS Crusade child

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by Nicole Harrell

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 7:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- As we prepare for the 60th anniversary of the WHAS Crusade for Children we are introducing you to child getting help from the organization.

When three-year-old Christian Greenwell was born, doctors quickly determined that he was having problems with his sight. As the family told WHAS11's Melissa Swan everyone stepped into action immediately thanks in part to the WHAS Crusade for Children.

Since he was four months old Christian has been getting help through Visually-Impaired Pre-School Services or VIPS.  His mom Lisa says he has really come into his own since enrolling in the full-time pre-school class.

"They have totally brought him out of his shell.  Within weeks we could tell a huge difference in him," Lisa said.

That kind of positive change in a child's life is the goal of Crusade funding to agencies like VIPS.

"Not a lot of funders want to pay for salaries.  The Crusade is willing to do that.  So we are so extremely grateful that they see the importance of our teachers," Heather Benson with VIPS said.

"He looks forward to coming to VIPS everyday.  He usually wakes me up saying 'I go to school.  I go to school,'" Lisa said.

Christian's mom, Lisa says with the help of his teachers at VIPS, Christian's vocabulary has improved dramatically.  He now speaks in sentences and is much more sociable with his classmates.

The 60th annual WHAS Crusade for Children is on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2. Since it is the Crusade's 60th year, the staff is requesting that everyone think about donating $60 to help reach the goal of $6 million to help children with special needs.
 

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