Message From Our Members:
Welcome to Sacramento Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #6 (B.P.O.E. #6). We have proudly served the capital city of the Golden State for one hundred twenty years. With a membership of over 600, our lodge is dedicated to the betterment of our community through our charitable endeavors. Thanks to our members' volunteer efforts, we generate funds to help in a multitude of local and national programs.
California - Hawaii Elks Major Project (Purple Pig) - 2015 - 2016 Theme Child Jayden & Payton:
Jayden and Peyton were born on November 1, 2010 in Clovis California. The addition of these beautiful twin girls was a happy and welcomed addition to Melissa, Chris and two year old Addysen. Peyton, born at 4 lbs 13 oz, was faced with difficulty early on. Jayden was born at 5 lbs. 8 oz and seemed healthy and had no difficulties. Melissa scheduled twice weekly appointments with their pediatrician to ensure adequate health and weight gain.
Jayden, at four months of age began demonstrating signs of rapid health decline. Because of the severity of her condition Jayden was hospitalized. Lab test were run that revealed nothing more than a mild infection. She was treated with antibiotics, which broke her fever. She was then allowed to go home. Over the next few months each time Jayden's symptoms returned each time more aggressively. It was concluded by the specialists that Jayden had celiac disease, severe born growth delay, failure to thrive, excessive vomiting, fever of unknown origin and loss of developmental milestones.
When their pediatrician prescribed occupational therapy the family was faced with the challenge of finding an Occupational Therapist that could fully understand and foster both of the girls' therapy needs.
California Hawaii Elks was contacted; this was the start of a wonderful and productive therapy relationship. At the first therapy visit, Jayden was just 11 months, limp and cradled in her mother's arms; had poor circulation of her cerebral spinal fluids. After just one therapy treatment, Melissa reported that she finally slept through the night. This was an important improvement for this very tired mother. When there is a high risk situation, like the twins, the outcome is always a gamble. Without the early and continuing implementation of therapy, there is a minimal chance of normal development. Over the last three years, the twins have been fostered through every developmental step. With therapy to guide and grow with them, the twins have flourished and have a positive outlook ahead of them.
When someone from our Lodge asks you to support Purple Pig (Major Project) I hope you will remember Payton and Jayden, and all the other children we have helped over the years, and continue to give generously.