Disable the Label fundraiser for children with special needs

Not even the threat of thunderstorms could stop large crowds from running a 5K for the first “Disable the Label” event in Denham Springs. This special event was part of raising $14,444.51 and bringing awareness to “Launch,” a new Therapeutic Preschool and Therapy Center created by Dr. Chantelle Varnado.

OLOL Children’s Hospital - Raised the Most Money

OLOL Children’s Hospital – Raised the Most Money

The event was held Oct. 31, at Denham Springs Freshman High School gym. More than two hundred people attended, including vendors, special response teams from the fire department, along with a special appearance by Cinderella, Superman, and Spiderwoman on this Halloween Day.
The 2015 Ambassador for the Very Special Miss Louisiana, Lark Morales, was also on hand in her crown and banner to take pictures with the children and help raise awareness for children with special needs.

Awards were handed out for runners ranging in age up to 60 plus who took part in the 5k, while children and their families enjoyed a space walk, face painting and fun events around the gym. Several doors prizes were given away from local vendors and a beautiful decorative bench was raffled off, donated by American Factory Direct.

Launch works to boost exceptional children to reach their optimal potential. The therapeutic preschool is a half-day program using preschool curriculum, targets the individual needs of children with developmental disabilities. Service providers will include a combination of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and special educators. Outpatient Services include speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Launch is a non-profit 501-c3 organization and since opening in August, currently serves more than 60 families. They are in need of volunteers and donations to help this program become even more successful.

Launch is currently housed inside the educational building at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 865 Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs. For more information on services call 225.238.1741, www.LAUNCHPEDS.COM, or email chantelle@launchpeds.com.