A Mom's Struggle
Updated October 15, 2017
During the summer of 2012, circumstances changed and I needed to look for daycare for my son for after school care and during the summer months.
I placed numerous phone calls to local daycare in the Altoona area to be told by each one that they would not be able to take my son because he is a diabetic and they did not have anyone to care for him.
I was literally at the last straw when someone told me to call and speak to Lily Pond. I spoke to the receptionist who put me in touch with their daycare coordinator. She listened to my plight and told me she would at least see if there was anything she would be able to help me with. A few days went by and I heard from their legal representative who wanted to talk to me about my request to have daycare options for my diabetic son.
I spoke at length with the legal representative, explained that I felt my son was being discriminated against because he had an incurable disease. I said I couldn't understand why it would be any different from the children they take care of currently, which included peanut allergies, use of epi pens, and breathing treatments for asthmatics.
I was told that they would speak with their personnel, speak with their attorney, and get back to me. Within about two weeks, I was notified they had decided that they would educate their staff and be able to take care of Ethan; and for any future children who are in the same situation that we were.