Margaret and Dan Hamilton

Margaret and Dan Hamtilton had been forced to enroll their son, Skyler, in a public school.  But because Margaret and Dan believe so strongly that Lynden Christian is the best school for Skyler, they also made arrangements for him to attend classes there two afternoons a week.

Skyler had been diagnosed with brain cancer and his treatments left him with substantially limited use of the right side of his body, a nervous system condition that impaired his coordination, and significantly weakened legs, requiring him to use a wheelchair.  Skyler also suffered significant impairments in information processing and short-term memory and therefore required substantial academic support.

Traveling between two different schools is disruptive, stressful and burdensome for Skyler, who is still substantially weakened from the treatments he underwent to fight his cancer.  And it detracts from the educational benefit he would receive were he in the classroom at Lynden Christian, the school his parents believe is best suited for him.



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