This is the second year she has earned this distinction. A sprinter on the Penn track team for two years, Anna is world-ranked in long jump, 100-meter and 200-meter sprints by the International Paralympics Committee in her cerebral palsy disability class. She also competes in javelin.
Having survived a stroke at birth, Anna competes in the T37 and F27 disability class with other neurologically impaired athletes. She is coached by Tom Miller and is the daughter of Cindy Scott Day, of Granger, and William E. Day of Bluffton, Ind.
Her mother, Cindy, said it is Anna’s nature to be active. “She is very outdoorsy. She has been active in Reins of Life.” They realized she had a talent for running when she was outrunning other children who weren’t disabled.
“It takes a lot of guts to get out there and run. There is a solid group of Penn parents who cheer as well as a supportive coach. Paralympians are true athletes,” Cindy said.
Dr. James Nelson Gingerich was honored as State Community Partner of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Dr. Gingerich is the director of the Maple City Health Care Center, Goshen.
The award recognizes the good doctor for “fostering relationships, wholeness, integration and healing.” The partner award recognizes people who help NASW accomplish its core values.
He was nominated by Beck Unternahrer, who is a licensed social worker and owner of Beck Counseling and Coaching. She had high praise for Dr. G., who is known for serving his neighbors. He founded the Maple City Health Care Center nearly 25 years ago.
How does he serve the neighbors? Good question. The More Than Money program is for patients of the center who are unemployed, uninsured or can’t pay cash. First off, the patient volunteers to help community development organizations. For their time, they receive health care credit. The credits lower the cost of medical care.
The center also uses a sliding discount so every patient (uninsured or unemployed) can get health care.