For more than 30 years, Feldman Shepherd has had a rich tradition of working to better the lives of children and families who have been devastated by catastrophic injuries and illnesses. We are pleased to report that our tradition of service has inspired a future advocate to help some very special children experience one of childhood’s joys of summer — playing baseball.
It all started when partner G. Scott Vezina, who tenaciously represents families of children afflicted with cerebral palsy and brain or spinal cord injuries caused by medical negligence, took his 10-year-old son Jacob to a settlement approval hearing to see what his dad does at work.
Jacob, a Little League baseball player, decided he would help special needs children too.
So, Jacob gave up his own baseball season to participate in Bambino Buddy-Ball, a program by the Whitpain Recreation Association that allows challenged or special needs athletes ages 5 and up to experience the thrill of playing baseball as well as team play and camaraderie. The program allows for a “buddy” to help the players swing a bat, round the bases, catch a ball or score the winning run.
Jacob provided assistance to many of the players, but in particular, struck up a special friendship with 8-year-old Marcus who loves the game — and spending time with his new friend.
“It’s been a wonderful experience for Marcus to be able to participate in a sport that he sees his brothers and sisters play but was unable to participate in,” Marcus’ dad said. “Jacob’s authentic interest in being a friend to Marcus has been very touching. It has been special watching them interact with each other.”
Bambino Buddy-Ball was a wonderful experience for Jacob as well.
“I liked helping Marcus and all the other kids play baseball. Everyone should get to play,” he said. “It made me feel good that Marcus liked being helped by me. We all had fun together.”
Awesome job Jacob! The future of Feldman Shepherd’s tradition of service is in excellent hands!
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