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Light One Candle: Abuse victim needs help

When Ron was born in 1970, there were complications during his delivery that resulted in an intellectual impairment.

He grew up poor in a dysfunctional family with abusive parents. His grandparents made sure there was a home to live in and food from the garden. Ron was able to attend school and get some vocational training.

As an adult, he lived with his parents in a filthy house, abused in every possible way.

He worked to earn money for his parents, and didn't leave because he didn't know life could offer anything better.

In December 2000, Ron arrived at a police station with bruises on his body. With a lot of help, he managed to escape his former life and move into a group home sponsored by Living Opportunities. Ron began to explore his world and all of its possibilities. He began making his own decisions about what he liked, not just mimicking the choices of others.

Today, Ron has three jobs and lives in an apartment. He has many friends and relationships that enrich his life.

Ron has also developed a passion for horses. Over the years, Ron has benefited emotionally and physically from the therapeutic horse riding program at Hope Equestrian Center, and he really wants to continue his participation. Unfortunately, the $400 fee for an eight-week session is more than his budget can handle.

If you can help Ron maintain the peace and joy brought to him through the therapeutic benefits of riding, please call Jim Gochenour at Living Opportunities, 772-1503.

Editor's note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency that could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need. The series continues daily until Dec. 20.