As a result of Speedway Children's Charities generous 2008 funding, Allegro Foundation changed the lives of 20 medically fragile children with disabilities and 20 one-on-one nursing student volunteers at Carolinas Medical Center! Allegro is able to provide these FREE classes to children with disabilities when they need them most during these tough economic times thanks to Speedway Children's Charities. 

Allegro Foundation...a Champion for Children with Disabilities is a nonprofit organization that combines movement instruction with medical and educational expertise, creating a NEW vehicle to teach children with disabilities and enhance their quality of life.

Allegro teaches more than 480 children with mental retardation, Down syndrome, orthopedic challenges (wheelchairs and walkers), Spina bifida, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, muscular dystrophy, visual and hearing impairments, children "at-risk", and children with cancer each week.

In 2004 Allegro's students made history as the first group of children with disabilities to perform at The White House and were invited back in 2005. Allegro's children with disabilities returned to Washington, DC in July 2006 where they performed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

On December 6, 2008, Allegro's students with disabilities, many of them enrolled in our Speedway Children Charities sponsored program at Carolinas Medical Center, returned for a third trip to The White House, where they performed for the President's private party of ambassadors in the State Dining Room.

Allegro's FREE year-round classes at Carolinas Medical Center empower medically fragile children with disabilities to learn through adapted movement techniques in a safe environment through funding generous provided by Speedway Children's Charities. Nursing students from Carolinas College of Health Sciences volunteer alongside Allegro's students with disabilities, providing an individualized learning experience while future nurses learn clinical skills essential to working with this special population.

Success stories abound from our program at Carolinas Medical Center. Not only are our students improving in their physical health, mobility, and strength, but they are also forging deep friendships and learning academic skills.

An Allegro parent recently expressed his gratitude to Allegro for the benefits brought out by the participation of his son, Harry, who lives with Down syndrome, in Allegro's classes at Carolinas Medical Center:

"My son, Harry, has endured many challenges throughout his short life. He is currently struggling to come to terms with the premature death of his mother from Lou Gehrig's Disease. Harry's mother first inspired him to join Allegro's classes, and Allegro has remained the one permanent and constant activity in his life for the past 9 years.

When Harry attended his first Allegro class 6 years ago, he was completely unable to speak and could only express himself through abrupt movements and sounds. Now, through Allegro's intervention, Harry can speak in phrases and has forged deep bonds with many other fellow Allegro students. Harry's life has truly been transformed through your support!"

To learn more about Allegro Foundation, please visit their website at www.allegrofoundation.net. To enroll your child in a program, volunteer, or donate, please call the Allegro office at 704-412-5229 or pfallegro@aol.com.