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Miracles in Motion

Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Every Rider at Miracles Has a Story

Jessica Douglas's son Nathan has been attending one form or another of riding therapy at Miracles in Motion since he was 2.5 years old. He is 8 now and in her words she has shared her appreciation and love for all that Miracles in Motion has done for him.

“When we first started we were attending hippotherapy through Witwer Children’s Therapy Center. I’m going to give a short back story here just to show what we expected vs where he has gone. On the 20-week ultrasound, the obstetrician noticed discrepancies with Nathan’s kidneys and that he had asymmetrical features. It was unknown if Nathan would survive birth. Before he was even born, we started a series of tests at U of I Children’s Hospital.

“Nathan missed every single milestone. He didn’t crawl until he was 13 months old, didn’t roll over or learn to sit until he was 9 months old, didn’t stand for the first time until 19 months old…His geneticist told me after he started walking that they hadn’t really expected him to progress much, so all of this was astounding progress for him. That pushed me to find more therapies for him as we had only been working with physical therapy through Grantwood AEA. We started to be seen by speech, occupational and physical therapists at Witwer Children’s Therapy Center in Cedar Rapids. It was through them when Nathan was just 2.5 that his occupational therapist had us participate in our first hippo therapy class.

The first year we saw him start to passively engage with his environment more (meaning if something came to him he would play with it, but he really didn’t seek for it). The second year he started to actively engage things and animals. The third year he started talking with real words and sentences, he started to be able to eat more foods (he has a swallow disorder), and he started to play with other kids. After each ride he is calmer and more attentive for days. After a whole session we normally see a quick succession of improved abilities. This last year he went from needing 2 side walkers using full holds to just one doing an ankle hold (that’s how much his core strength has improved)!”

We will be sharing more of Nathan’s story this giving season. If you would like to help support Nathan and kids like him, please head over to our  donate page. Donations through the end of the year are being matched up to a total of $15,000! We have $11,365 given as of mid-December.

Miracles in Motion continues to provide programs that build confidence, comfort, strength, and community because of the donors and volunteers that support our efforts. Any amount is welcome and will be used to sustain the miracles we see all the time at Miracles in Motion.  If you would like to help support Miracles in Motion by volunteering, please visit the Volunteer Now page. If you can reinforce our strong foundation with a donation, please see our donation possibilities. Perhaps you can join the monthly donation group We Believe in Miracles. Some of the giving options are:

     * Adopt a Horse for $100/month, $1200/year

     * Provide a rider in need with a scholarship for one session for $225

     * All our horses need senior horse food. Provide one month's food for $50


2017 Donors

Business, Corporation, Foundation, and Grant Income

$2500 or greater

Hills Bank & Trust 

$1000 - $2,499 


Alliant Energy 

Master Tool & Manufacturing 

$500 - $999 

Baldwin Saddle Club 

CR Corvette Club 

Highway Equipment Co 

Iowa Quarter Horse Assn Dst 1 

Iowa Quarter Horse Assn Dst 2 

James Investment Group, Inc. 

McNutt Equine Veterinary 

Rockwell Collins 

Univ of Iowa Community Credit Union 

$20 - $499 

Barr Asset Management 

Cedar Rapids Eyecare 

Conrad Auxilliary Unit 

County Johnson Irish 

D & R Pest Control 

F J Krob Company 

Farmers State Bank 

GM Your Choice 

Kiracofe Oil Company 

M & W Manufacturing 

Marion Process Solutions 

Marshall Co Auxiliary 

Nelson Manufacturing Co 

St. Pius X Parish 

United Way 


Carleen & Eugene Grandon Charitable Foundation 

Crescent Janko Masonic 

McIntyre Foundation 

Millhiser Smith Foundation

James and Mary Pratt Charitable Foundation 

Rick & Donna Flynn Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation 



Pilot Club of Iowa City 

South Slope Cooperative Communications 

Washington County Riverboat Foundation

Donations in Honor and in Memory 

In memory of: 

Carole Ribble 

Verne Upmier 

Mary Jo Fitzpatrick 

Mary Besler 

Michelle Pettitt 

Linus Wenthold 

Ryan Brems 

Alex Brems 

Steve Squires 

Helen Beeghly 

Art V. O'Haver 

B.J. & Rudy

Blue, Diane Roetlin's horse 

Lacina's horses

In honor of: 

David Hannon 

Lois James 

Dyan Kriener 

Molly Sharkey 

Larry & Diana Pesek 

William Conkling 

Jeff Conkling 

James Conkling 

Elizabeth Hurst 

Erica Young 

Nancy Hauserman 

Maddie DeVore 

Jan Gorman

Ronnye Wieland 

Logan Hansen 

Victoria Spain 

Miracles in Motion Board of Directors 

In Kind 

Bob & Robin Shulty, Ace Electric 

Rik Smith, Anamosa Veterinarian Clinic 

Amy Hendricks, Animal Health International 

Jeff Cox, Bo Brown Company 

Butch Kasparek, Butch’s Water Services 

Jefferson-Monroe Fire Department, Swisher 

Ken Johnson, Ken Johnson Construction 

Lynch Plumbing 

Dr. James McNutt, DVM 

Jean Bott, Stuart Carmen & Associates 

Lisa Blomme

Mary Chadwick 

Maddie DeVore 

Ashley Garretson 

Jan Gorman 

Diana Harris 

Rob Hill

Lois James 

Pat Kenner 

James Long

Ken Manley 

Amy McClure 

John Mickelsen 

Karla Miller 

Suzanne Miller 

Emma Frimml-Morgan 

Haley Paulsen 

Kirk Sissel 

Lee Smith 

Rebecca Tranter

Jackie Wallace 

Ronnye Wieland 

Patricia Wymore

Individual Donations

$10,000 or greater


James, Lois

Walker, Jean 

$2,500 - $9,999 


Bernacki, Dan & Rhonda 

Tranter, Rebecca 

Wilhelm, Jacqueline 

$500 - $2,499 

Anonymous ( 3) 

Brems, Colleen & Bob 

Bower, Luann at Dark Horse Farm 

Ells, Don & Gwen 

Faust, Kenneth 

Hauser, Stephen 

Hauserman, Nancy 

Lehman, William & Cheryl 

Price, Dean 

Schnebbe, Harlan & Barbara 

Smith, Lee 

Wild, Anthony 


Anderson, Sharon 

Aneweer, Michael 

Anonymous (3)

Arnold, Kristin  & Nagel, Alan 

Audia, Mary 

Begunck, Phyllis 

Berdo, Tom 

Bickner, Robyn 

Boyd, Diane 

Brown, Randy 

Chadwick, Mary 

Chrystal, Janice 

Coggeshall, Melissa 

DeBoer, Corky 

Decker, Kathie 

Deisbeck, Chuck & Ellen 

Drahozal, Norine 

Fairchild, Cynthia 

Fitzpatrick, Kerry 

Gallet, Lisa & Andre 

Gorman, Jan 

Gorman, Zach 

Green, Tricia 

Hamilton, Andrew 

Harris, Diana 

Hayes, James 

Hetherington, Cheryl 

Hoffman, Christine 

Hopkins, Linda & Nate 

Hopper, Darwin 

Hotchkiss, Holly 

Kuperman, Samuel 

Lamb, Glynda 

Lesser, John

Lewis, John 

Lueras, Patricia

McClure, Amy 

McGowan, Margaret 

Meade, Dick 

Miller, Karla 

Miller, Kevin 

Mockler, Shelley 

Molloy, Joan 

Naso, Ginny 

Nauseff, Judith 

Noble, Ellen 

Nolte, Dave 

Oliver Wiand, Dawn 

Oxley, Dawn 

Petry, David & Nancy 

Pulkrabek, Lonny 

Roetlin, Diane 

Rynes-Weller, Sara 

Schneider, Mark 

Shullaw, Susan 

Soska, Kate 

Strnad, Lyse 

Tanner, Anne 

Tarrant, Liz 

Thompson, Sue Ann 

Valenta, Ann, Steve, Rosemary, Aaron, & Luke 

Wallace, Jackie 

Weber, Dustin 

Wieland, Ronnye 

Young, Brian 

Zehr, Fred & Joann