Brian Armstrong

A girl with Spina Bifida was given a $30,000 pool

by Brian Armstrong on August 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

NORWICH, Ohio- A girl was given a $30,000 pool to help her live a better life.

AAA Spa and Pool Services donated the pool to Kate Ballantine. She has Spina Bifida, a disease where part of the spinal cord is exposed through a gap in the backbone. Ballantine would go to Zanesville Fieldhouse for physical therapy when possible but, due to multiple factors, such as time and distance, she wasn’t able to go as often as she needed. The pool will allow her to do her therapy at home.

“It will help build up her endurance and her strength,” said her mother Darlene Ballantine. “It will help her be able to walk and maneuver better.  Kate will have another avenue to be able to do the things she needs to do, to be as independent as possible.”

The owner of AAA Spa and Pool Services, Earl Shalosky, said they wanted to give back to the community. He contacted the Fieldhouse Foundation to see if someone would benefit from it. Fieldhouse Foundation Coordinator, Alainna Durfee, said Kate Ballantine came immediately to mind. Durfee said she called Clever Towing to find out how much delivery would cost. After hearing the story, Clever said they would ship the pool for free. Shalosky said it’s great that so many people came together to help a family in need.

“We’ve been sitting on it and thinking, and we’ve tried several different resources, and places and this one led to working with the Fieldhouse,” said Shalosky. “They found this child and I felt that she would benefit the best from it.”

Kate Ballantine said she is very excited to play and swim in the pool. The Ballantine family and the Fieldhouse Foundation said they are so thankful for the pool donation from AAA Spa and Clever for the free delivery.