WEST CHESTER TWP. — Three-year-old Ryan Stricker of West Chester Twp. will be honored Saturday during a Cincinnati Reds baseball game for his “courage in the face of multiple disabilities, resulting surgeries and continuing therapies.”
His recognition is part of “Disability Awareness Night” at 6:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park. It is sponsored by The Paragon Financial Group, in cooperation with Exceptional Parent Magazine and the Cincinnati Reds. In addition to honoring local champions of the national awareness campaign to bring attention to the 54 million Americans with disabilities and special needs, the event will provide an opportunity for 250 clients and staff of local disability organizations to attend the ballgame, thanks to free tickets donated by Exceptional Parent and The Paragon Financial Group, an agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries will receive the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award from Bill McKenna, managing director of The Paragon Financial Group in Cincinnati, at a pre-game ceremony at home plate. Accepting the award will be Steve Koons, director of rehabilitation for Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, and Rick Keck, an individual successfully employed in the community who is supported by Ohio Valley Goodwill’s job coaching program.
The Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries this year celebrates its 90 th anniversary of providing employment and training services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Founded in 1916, the organization is one of the largest providers of rehabilitation services in Ohio. In 2005, it provided service to 2,609 men and women with disabilities and placed 735 individuals into competitive employment.
A Cincinnati physician will be honored Saturday at Great American Ballpark for his work and advocacy in the city and Northern Kentucky for people with disabilities.
Dr. Philip Lichtenstein will receive the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer distinguished service award from the EP Foundation for Education, Exceptional Parent Magazine and Shire Pharmaceuticals.
As a part of his award, Dr. Lichtenstein will be given 100 Reds' tickets to distribute to his patients.
The disability awareness award was established in 2002 and named for the former editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine, a publication that focuses on the care and development of children and adults with disabilities and special health care needs.
Lichtenstein works for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and HealthPoint Family Care of Northern Kentucky, treating children with mental and physical disabilities. He directs an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder project in which he trains pediatricians to diagnose and assess the disorder.
Lichtenstein also teaches at the University of Kentucky and the University of Cincinnati and works with the voluntary faculty of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
Lichtenstein earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.