The California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, affectionately known as Purple Pig pledges its commitment to addressing the unmet needs of disabled children throughout the states of California and Hawaii by developing a program of supporting services to aid these children at no cost to the families and without discrimination.

John, 2018 - 2019 Major Project Theme Child

John is an awesome almost two year old boy with an amazing family and a promising future. Pregnancy is often a time filled with excitement and anticipation of a new family member about to enter this world. When Shelby was pregnant with John, her third child, she received the news that John had a chromosome anomaly called partial Trisomy 16p. All they heard was "super rare" baby and "status unknown''. At that time the family began a journey that was not quite what they were expecting, venturing into the new normal of being a family with a special needs child. After researching the diagnosis they understood that John was likely to have some delays in his development along with some other health challenges. Surrounded by a strong family and friend support system, Shelby and Chuck forged ahead and educated themselves as much as possible, not exactly sure what the future would look like for John. Very excited about his arrival they prepared his siblings and decorated the nursery. On May 27, 2016 John was born just a few weeks early. He spent three and half weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit. John was soon discharged home with his family, only to return to the PICU two weeks later to discover major feeding issues and a diagnosis of Hypotonia. Early on one of the more significant issues John had to deal with was Hypotonia. This means that he had low muscle tone which affected the strength throughout his body which in turn would affect his ability to reach his motor milestones in a timely manner. Not about to let anything stand in the way of John's development, Shelby and Chuck sought out physical therapy for John. John began receiving physical therapy through the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project in his home when he was just 10 months old. The connections between John and his therapists have been amazing. John may not be able to speak but he communicates in different ways about his own physical abilities and shows his own progress daily. Through the love and generous support of the Elks, children like John are getting much needed physical therapy so they can play, explore and be as independent as possible in their lives. Each and every one of you is making a meaningful difference in the lives of these children and their families. Fast forward to today and John is attending preschool two days per week. He is pulling to stand by himself, cruising along furniture and walking with assistance. There is no stopping him now!

The members of Elks #6 hold a special passion for this project. If you join us for Sunday Breakfast we hope you will contribute to our Purple Pig so that children like John can Walk, Talk, See, and Play.

California Hawaii Elks Major Project Inc, (CHEMPI) provides:
Occupational Therapy:

Through individual home instruction, the goal for all children in the program is to become as independent and self-sufficient as they can. Our occupational therapists, working with the parents, teach our children the basics from feeding and dressing skills to dealing with sensory integration and learning to play.

Physical Therapy:

The Elks physical therapists evaluate and treat children with a wide range of disabilities as they travel from home to home. Their focus is to help these children learn or improve important motor skills by educating or re-educating muscles and increase strength, endurance and coordination.

Early Vision Screening:

Preschool Vision Screeners travel from school to school to test kids for any kind of visual problems, from mild to severe.

Speech-Language Therapy:

The Elks highly trained speech-language pathologists can diagnose a variety of communication disorders and coordinate a home program of therapy with the parents. Many speech-language problems are addressed by the staff, including swallowing or feeding difficulties.