Special Projects

The Philly Baer Foundation's goal is to positively impact children's lives. There are three components: partnering with individuals, therapeutic clinics, and medical researchers.

Adaptive Equipment

The Philly Baer Foundation purchased an adaptive swing in 2019 for the new special needs playground at Maple School in Northbrook, Illinois.

Ryan's Story

The Philly Baer Foundation, in 2018, was honored to work with the Olson family to acquire a Caribou stander for their adorable little boy, Ryan. The stander will help him strengthen his muscles to facilitate standing and moving more independently. Ryan, age 6, has cerebral palsy.

Ryan loves music, listening to stories, learning to read, spelling and being silly with his older sister Heather.


The Philly Baer Foundation is grateful to have collaborated with Brendan Reid at Convaid R82. The combination of his expertise and Convaid R82's superior product line promises Ryan a brighter future and more jam sessions with his sister to "Go, Go Bananas!"

Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley Partnership

The Philly Baer Foundation’s partnership with Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley was born out of a shared mission to support children with disabilities and their families. Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley provides expert pediatric therapy services for infants, children and adults with mild developmental delays, complex disabilities or undiagnosed concerns. Beginning in January 2020, funding from the Philly Baer Foundation will provide financial assistance for children with complex medical needs. These gifts will increase the number of therapy sessions available to families with Medicaid when they need them most. We will ensure additional support for families facing surgeries, medical setbacks or special situations that require extra therapies or in-home services. These therapies are critical to helping children build the strength, stamina and skills they need to thrive.

Mattis Reil, OT

Kathy Barnard, OT

Sarah Hehir, PT

Daisy Tan, PT 

Pathways Partnership

The Philly Baer Foundation partnered with Pathways, a pediatric center in Glenview. The Philly Baer Foundation's vision is to guarantee children with limited resources and/or restricted insurance benefits to receive the therapy services needed to help them reach their full potential.

The Philly Baer Foundation's donation was also intended for children to attend the Mary Massery respiratory clinic where they will receive an expert evaluation and possible follow-up appointments for breathing techniques while providing the treating therapist with hands on mentoring. Additionally, The Philly Baer Foundation's donation was designated for the purchase of equipment to assist in providing therapy to children.

Philly Baer Fellowship

In 2007, The Philly Baer Foundation and its founders provided a grant to The University of Chicago to support medical research conducted by William B. Dobyns, MD. Dr. Dobyns led a broad-based research program investigating the nature and causes of a wide range of human developmental brain disorders. Between 2008 and 2010, the grant funded The Philly Baer Fellowship, a post-doctoral research position on Dr. Dobyns' research team.

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