In June, Client Services, Inc. (CSI) was one of the sponsors of the 3rd Annual Golf Fore! Ellie fundraising event, held at the Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles, Missouri. This annual event raises funds for the Rett Spectrum Clinic which opened in St. Louis, Missouri in 2015. Last year, the event raised $70,000.00. This year $106,000.00 was raised to help the Clinic’s efforts.
Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder which occurs almost exclusively in females. The most fundamental and debilitating aspect of Rett Syndrome is “apraxia”, meaning the inability to execute any purposeful motor movement, to coordinate thought and action. It impacts all body movement. Typically there is loss of speech and often the ability to walk.
The fundraising event is named for Ellie McCool , a student who lives in St. Charles County and who graduates from high school this year. Despite Rett Syndrome, Ellie is fully integrated in regular education classes with her peers and has been a courageous ambassador of inclusion throughout her life. CSI was privileged to help raise money for the Clinic and its work with the many area children and their families affected by Rett Syndrome.