Apply for Grant Funding from PCWSN

We are now accepting applications for grant funding. Download our application here and complete it in its entirety. Before submitting, double check to make sure you have included all required documents and information. See our helpful checklist below! Submittal Checklist (documents needed will vary depending on the request) Application Signed release of information form Letter from doctor on letterhead that includes the child’s diagnosis,

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Now Taking Applications for Santa’s Miracles


We are accepting applications for assistance with Christmas for families whom have a chronic or terminal child in the Kansas City area. Download the Santa’s Miracles Application here. Complete all information as requested. Please print clearly. To submit your application online, email to or mail ** to PCWSN Santa’s Miracles 30905 E Stony Pt School Rd Grain Valley, Mo 64029 All Applications must

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2012 Walk and Roll

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The 2012 Walk and Roll, benefiting Parenting Children with Special Needs, Inc. (PCWSN), was the idea of the PCWSN Board of Directors which is made up of local parents and caregivers who all share a special connection: one or more of their children have been diagnosed with an array of special health care issues. Our mission is to further support the dedication of enhancing

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May-June Issue Has Hit The Stands!

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The May-June 2012 issue is now available – Get yours today! Parenting Children With Special Needs is a free, bi-monthly magazine distributed to 50,000 families across the Kansas City area. Our mission is to empower parents of children with special needs through education, understanding, encouragement, support and guides to services. “Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenges, and children with special needs inspire a special love.”

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Edwardsville boy walking after umbilical cord stem cell infusion

Moments after Christina VanCleave gave birth to a healthy baby boy, her husband Bruce Sr. was on a mission, and it wasn’t to dote on his wife or his brand-new baby. Bruce was furiously racing against the clock to drop off a package for overnight delivery. The package – their son, Bruce Jr.’s, umbilical cord blood, which the VanCleaves had decided to donate. “He

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Story of Hope: Technology helps mom and daughter communicate

By Elizabeth Aquino My daughter Sophie is 16 years old and has had epilepsy since she was diagnosed at three months. Her seizures are refractory, despite nearly 20 different medications, the ketogenic diet and many alternative and integrative therapies, and she is profoundly developmentally disabled as a result. She is non-verbal, and over the years, we have tried many different forms of communication in

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Yes, We Can: Excelsior Springs family doesn’t let special needs hold them back

By Kara Cowie Christy and Marty Marker aren’t ones to take no for an answer. The Excelsior Springs parents have heard it time and time again – from doctors, educators, insurance companies and strangers on the street. No, your boys can’t do this. No, we won’t pay for that. No, you shouldn’t work; take government aid instead. Each and every time, they’ve looked to

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On the Move Again: Teen Gears Up to Run and Play Ball Just Months after Losing his Lower Legs

By Kara Cowie The roads in Schell City, Mo., were slick when Seth Alexander set out for basketball practice one rainy afternoon last November. As the 16 year old turned a corner, he lost control of his truck. It flipped, and he flew out. The cab of the truck landed on his knees. Seth remembers it all; he was awake through the accident and

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Our New Year’s Inspirations

Forget resolutions. Let’s talk inspirations. That’s the focus of our New Year – celebrating the inspirational families and children affected by special needs… right here in our Kansas City community. There are so many – we hear from you every day on Facebook and through emails, events we attend and more – but here, on these few pages, we only had room for three

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