Rite Aid’s Tracy Henderson, Susan Henderson, Bryan Everett, Bill Renz, and Gayle Rife present KidChamp award to Louie Castriota and his daughter Brooke Castriota.
The Rite Aid Foundation announced that Louie Castriota, founder and chairman of the board of Leg Up Farm, in Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania, has been awarded its KidChamp Award for his innovative vision and unwavering commitment to provide children with special needs a comprehensive, convenient and centralized location to receive specialized therapy. Mr. Castriota is the 5th to receive a KidChamp award and was presented the award today in a special ceremony by Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives and members of The Rite Aid Foundation’s Board of Directors: Bryan Everett, Chief Operating Officer; Susan Henderson, Chief Communications Officer; and Bill Renz, Senior Vice President, Category Management & Marketing.
Mr. Castriota and his wife, Laurie, first had the idea to open Leg Up Farm as a therapeutic riding center in 1997, merging their love of animals and children. Six months after their vision came to fruition, their daughter Brooke, was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, which causes both cognitive and motor function delays.
As they searched for the best treatment options for Brooke, the Castriotas found services spread-out and lacking in integration and convenience. That prompted them to significantly widen their vision for Leg Up Farm and create a facility that was unlike any in the nation.
Aerial view of Leg Up Farm
Mr. Castriota, officially opened Leg Up Farm in 2010, raising more than $10 million in funding through a combination of private contributions, public fundraising events, and federal, state and foundation grants. Leg Up Farm is the only facility in the country to provide physical, occupational, speech, and aquatic therapy, counseling, therapeutic horseback riding, nutritional, education and recreational programming all under one roof. Since opening its doors, Leg Up Farm has increased capacity. To date, the facility has served more than 2,700 children with special needs and their families.
“I am truly honored to receive the KidChamp Award and I’d like to thank The Rite Aid Foundation and KidCents for supporting our efforts to provide life-changing services to children impacted by special needs and their families,” said Mr. Castriota. “Providing a comprehensive array of services in a convenient, affordable and easily accessible location is critical to improving the overall health and wellbeing of the children we serve. At Leg Up Farm, we give kids the courage to dream. We can’t thank The Rite Aid Foundation enough for helping us make those dreams come true.”
Louie Castriota, founder and chairman of the board of Leg Up Farm accepts the KidChamp award
In recognition of his service, Mr. Castriota received a $10,000 donation to Leg Up Farm from The Rite Aid Foundation and $500 in Rite Aid gift cards during a special ceremony at Leg Up Farm.
Congratulations to Louie, a true KidChamp!