Ever since he was a young man, Michael Harcher has cared about the environment around his home in Beaver County, particularly Raccoon Creek. When Harcher went to Penn State University, he earned a degree in Environmental Studies. When he returned home from college, he realized something needed to be done about the world right outside his back door.
Rachel Polen is a 20-year-old woman who was diagnosed as an infant with Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic mutation that effects brain development. Infants with Rett Syndrome seem to develop normally and reach the developmental milestones such as rolling over and crawling, but at about a year old, the child will start to rapidly decline, losing coordination, speech, and the ability to use their hands.
Callie Rose was born at 29 weeks, weighing just 2lbs 11oz. Before her first birthday, she was diagnosed with Spastic-Dystonic-Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, a condition that affects all four of her limbs, making her muscles tight and causing movement to be hard and stiff. Dianna McCord, a Pennsylvania Elks Home Service nurse, has been helping Callie and her family since Callie was about 8 months old.