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 Mr. Cinco’s Sight for Life
Learning Struggles: One Family’s Story
 “LearningRx was the best decision we ever made for our son’s education and future!””
As a 7th grader, learning, attention, and reading struggles were nothing new for Nate. He’d become accustomed
  to the fact that he just had to work harder than
others to learn. The battle began early in life, and
his parents sprang into action. “Nate was a late
talker and we got him speech therapy. He was
a late reader and we got him reading tutor after
reading tutor,” Nate’s parents Ronald and Mikaela
share. “For years, we’d watched our son struggle
with learning despite our best efforts,” Mikaela
exclaims. As Nate continued from grade to grade
with his struggles unresolved, anxiety set in. He
was highly capable socially, yet hyper-aware
of his shortcomings academically. A diagnosis of ADD would provide Nate and his family some valuable insight, but it didn’t fix the problem, and medication wasn’t an option they preferred.
In 2017, with hopes that Nate would improve his reading ability, increase his confidence and attentional capacity, and ultimately become a life-long learner, they turned to LearningRx, a pioneer in the brain training industry. While tutors practiced reading and retaught content that wasn’t understood in school, LearningRx focused on addressing the root cause of Nate’s learning struggles. They began with a nationally recognized assessment tool to measure Nate’s cognitive ability, the skills used to think, learn, read, remember, and pay attention. Once the causes of his learning struggles were determined, a customized, one-on-one brain-training program was devised to strengthen his deficient skills and ensure his learning success. “The brain is malleable and capable of change. We know exactly what it takes to rewire the brain for faster, effective learning,“ shares LearningRx Stone Oak’s Owner and Educational Diagnostician, Gina Cruz. “We’ve been at this for 35 years, 14 of those in San Antonio. With 80 centers across the U.S. and 40 internationally, we’ve served over 100,000 clients. It’s a blessing to be instruments of change for so many families,” states Cruz.
“Nate’s results after just 6 months of training at LearningRx were astounding,” exclaims Mikaela. “We also saw a huge shift in his responsibility level, confidence, and curiosity. Our trainer and the staff at LearningRx are so patient, encouraging, professional and warm,” she continues. Now one year after completing the program, Nate was re-assessed, and his skills are even stronger than they we’re when he was done, and his IQ increased dramatically. “We have a 98.7% retention rate of skills when measured one year after the completion of our programs. We find that often skills get even stronger because they are used more frequently than they were before,” Cruz explains. “Bringing Nate to LearningRx was the best decision we made for his education and future,” concludes Mikaela.
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 By Sonny Melendrez
The story I’m about to tell you is one of countless happy beginnings, made possible by the Sponsel Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing resources and services to advance the research, diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and trauma for the poor and underserved communities in San Antonio, South Texas, Guatemala and Africa since 2012.
Mr. Cinco appears feeble with his head hanging low, as the 65-year-old is slowly guided by his wife into the Roger William Lytle Clinic in Chichicastanengo, Guatemala.
A massive tumor has enveloped his left eye and the decision is made to remove it. During the operation, his surgeon, Dr. William E. Sponsel, founder and chairman of the Sponsel Foundation, notices a good red reflex behind the nuclear sclerotic cataract, prompting its extraction and implanting of an intraocular lens (IOL), replacing the eye’s natural lens.
Because of a cataract that is completely occluding his sight in his other eye, he has been without vision for 15 years.
Twenty-four hours later comes the anticipation of a most joyous moment. It is known as, the one day post-op smile. As, ophthalmic assistant and president of the foundation, Joanne Yawn, explains, “It means our patient can see after being blind. It makes us forget our long hours, aching feet and backs. It acknowledges our purpose for why we are there. Best feeling in the world!”
The bandages are removed and after assessing his ability to count fingers, Dr. Sponsel excitedly holds his hand up to give his patient a high-five. Mr. Cinco thought the doctor was asking him to say how many fingers he was holding. With a big smile, he answered, “Cinco!” From that moment on, he became, “Mr. Cinco.”
Mr. Cinco returned to the clinic a year later to have his left-eye cataract successfully replaced. This time he walked into the clinic, his head held high, with “Mrs. Cinco” on his
arm. He had been given the gift of sight and was, once again, the patriarch of his family, no longer having to depend on others for his mobility.
In 2016, the Sponsel Foundation teamed with doctors from around the world to open a modern eye clinic in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. It is a permanent, full-time clinic where surgeons and researchers can engage in vision related projects and surgeries. During the first year, 1000+ patients were screened and over 300 surgeries were performed, many on children.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness after cataracts. But, according to Dr. Sponsel, “It doesn’t have to be.” His vision of eradicating blindness around the world is a sight for life.
For more information about this life- changing foundation and how you can help to keep these clinics open, please visit:
Sonny Melendrez is
an award-winning
motivational speaker,
Hall of Fame radio/TV
host and author, based
in San Antonio. For more
of his enthusiastic brand of inspiration and speaking information, visit his official site:
     I Spy With My Little Eye... Contest
By Rachele Lind
E ach month, we will introduce a character who is hidden somewhere amongst the pages of Highlights. Look carefully, search each and every page, up and down, left and right, front to back, and then back to front. Don’t give up! If you can find the hidden character, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $50! In this month’s issue, look for the Pilgrim &
The Indian.
Just email the page number and location
where you spotted the hidden character to
Deadline is November 12.
We hope you’ll have fun with our version
of a mini-scavenger hunt within our pages. Good Luck!
    Congratulations Wyatt Linahan October Contest Winner!
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