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 more than one hundred eighteen years. With a membership of over 740, 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) - 2014 - 2015 Theme Child Ethan Kempton:
Ethan was born on June 16, 2006. His birth was complicated by the umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck, which was cutting off oxygen to his brain. Ethan did not breathe immediately and had lots of problems that puzzled the medical staff. He was in the hospital neonatal intensive care unit for a week before being discharged to go home.
His developmental history is significant for delayed onset of speech as well as fine and gross motor problems. Prior to his third birthday, Ethan had limited language and no two-word phrases. What little he did say was incoherent to the listener and he seemed unaware that those listening did not understand what he had to say. In addition, his poor large and small motor skills made it difficult for him to perform such activities as buttoning clothes, catching a ball, using a crayon, riding a bike and athletic activities in general. At the time, difficulties with these skills were attributed to his young age but they did not resolve on their own.
Finally in 2010 Ethan was diagnosed with mild to moderate Cerebral Palsy. An MRI showed abnormal grey matter around the ventricles of his brain which is responsible for major developmental delays.
Mavis Johnson, Occupational Therapist has been working with Ethan since 2011. Ethan has made excellent progress in meeting his goals. But this wouldn't be possible without the dedication and follow-up by his parents in a home program and of course, the support of the Elks of California and Hawaii. You could say this has been a family affair as Mavis has not just treated Ethan but she has treated his two older brothers in the past with their individual learning disabilities. As Ethan' mom stated, "Life truly can be a miracle and our humblest gratitude to all of the Elks for helping the miracle of Ethan's success be a reality with our precious son."
When someone from our Lodge asks you to support Purple Pig (Major Project) I hope you will remember Ethan Kempton and all the other children we have helped over the years, and continue to give generously.