Thursday, January 12, 2012 - Kate Cascio represents the DIC at Charity Preview

Contact: Melanie de Vries
Tel: (734) 945-3664

Kate Cascio to Represent The Detroit Institute for Children
at the NAIAS 2012 Charity Preview

Detroit, Michigan – A very special young woman will be on the red carpet at the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview this Friday evening. Twelve-year-old Kate Cascio and her family are ambassadors for The Detroit Institute for Children (DIC), on behalf of the hundreds of children who come to the DIC for rehabilitative, physical, occupational and speech therapy each year.

Kate has been a patient of the DIC since she was just one year old. As a result of a difficult delivery, she has a number of challenges including hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, feeding issues and mobility difficulties. But with the help of her therapists at the DIC, she continues to celebrate new achievements. “We weren’t sure if Kate would ever be able to walk, talk or feed herself,” says her mother Kim Cascio. “Because of the DIC, she walks and eats on her own, and loves talking with others. We joke the challenge now can be getting her to stop talking. It’s been wonderful to see her continue to accomplish new activities we didn’t believe were possible.”

The DIC is dedicated to the care of children with a variety of conditions, such as cerebral palsy, neuromuscular diseases, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, genetic syndromes, spinal cord injury, and brain injury. With medical and therapy costs easily adding up to $100,000s every year per patient, the DIC provides hundreds of families in southeast Michigan with physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, sensory integration therapy, and autism services.

On average, the DIC receives reimbursement from Medicaid sponsored insurance plans of only 38% of the actual service cost. In some cases, needed treatments are not reimbursed by any coverage at all. On an annual basis, the DIC subsidizes about $2,500,000 of uncompensated care through contributions and support of organizations and events like the Charity Preview. “I can’t imagine Kate’s life without the DIC, and her therapists there,” adds Kim. “Donna Tavalieri, our key therapist, has been with us since Kate was an infant. She loves Kate like she was her own. Donna and all the therapists keep up on the latest advances, and help children like Kate get past their hurdles and reach their highest potential.”

Along with the DIC, other charities benefiting from the Charity Preview include Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit, The Children's Center, The Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund, Judson Center, March of Dimes and Think Detroit PAL.

Since 1920, The DIC has been the leader in innovative treatment for special needs children throughout Southeast Michigan. The DIC provides outpatient and in-school medical and rehabilitative care through multiple locations to special needs children through a variety of exceptional speech, occupational and physical therapies. The DIC’s mission is to care for children with physical or developmental disabilities, neurological or behavioral special needs, in a way that is positive, passionate, integrated and family-centered so that the children can maximize their potential within their families and the community. For additional information about the DIC, visit