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Children with disabilities learn to gallop

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RICHLAND, Wash.—Hundreds of children in the Tri-Cities must jump over hurdles every day because of physical and mental disabilities, but Friday kids with the Arc of Tri-Cities got to experience an afternoon that put a little more gallop in their trot.

Nine-year-old Jon Jon and his mom attended the Partners N Pals event.  Jon Jon has autism, but Friday it didn't stop him. 

"He just loves horses and just to see him on that horse and sitting so still and calm and just at peace with himself it's a mother's dream," says Monti Franckowiak, Jon Jon's Mother.

Jon Jon rode a horse for maybe the second time, something he wouldn't normally be able to do. 

"Jon Jon faces challenges daily because of the autism.  He doesn't always have control over his behaviors or emotions," says Franckowiak.

About 100 children with the Arc of Tri-Cities participated.  The event was just one of the many recently put on by the non-profit.  On top of employees, about 100 volunteers help make the day flow smoothly.  If you would like to help or donate, call the Arc of Tri-Cities at 783-1131.