Clarkie's Fund - Sponsor a Child

Clarke A. Spinks Sponsor A Child Fund

clarkieWe are incredibly humbled to introduce the Clarke A. Spinks Sponsor a Child Fund. Clarke and Margaret Spinks established this fund in loving memory of their son, Clarkie, to help other families get the help they need for their sons or daughters. Clarke and Maggie made a founding gift of $3,000 to Clarkie’s Fund on Oct. 29, 2011 at the A Night of Hope fundraiser. The establishment of this fund will have a far reaching and everlasting impact on the lives of young people who are struggling to reach their full potential.

Clarkie’s Story:

My son Clarke – or Clarkie as we called him – was a beautiful tow-headed boy with a big toothie grin. He was unusually talented: playing the viola, as well as football, basketball, and track. He was a history buff, and by age 12 he read The Complete Works of Shakespeare. He was funny, loving, and creative. My son Clarkie was special to me AND to those who knew him.

Along the way, Clarkie found growing up hard. In middle school his grades slipped, he was self-conscious, and seemed to have trouble making friends. Clarkie experimented with drugs, and by high school sank deeper and deeper into depression, unmotivated by any of the things that used to bring him joy. He began seeing a therapist and taking various prescription drugs, to no avail. I was afraid I’d lost my child. I feared his suicide or overdose. Needless to say, I was worried and scared. We were desperate and Clarkie was in pain...

Trauma and mental illness do not discriminate. They can both affect people from all walks of life, from all races and all socio-economic statuses. While insurance pays a portion of the cost of providing our services, it does not cover everything. Because our model uses two professionals in every session, plus a number of horses, our cost per session is higher than traditional forms of therapy. The establishment of Clarkie’s Fund helps us offset that difference in cost. By contributing to this fund, you are helping us to ensure that no family is ever turned away due to an inability to pay and allowing us to offer our services to even more children and families in need.

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The whole story...

Our son, Clarke – or Clarkie as we called him – was a beautiful tow-headed boy with a big toothie grin.mHe was unusually talented: playing the viola, as well as football, basketball, and track. He was a history buff, and by age 12 he read The Complete Works of Shakespeare. He was funny, loving, and creative. Our son Clarkie was special to us AND to those who knew him.

Along the way, Clarkie found growing up hard. In middle school his grades slipped, he was selfconscious,
and seemed to have trouble making friends. Clarkie experimented with drugs, and by high school sank deeper and deeper into depression, unmotivated by any of the things that used to bring him joy. He began seeing a therapist and taking various prescription drugs, to no avail. We were afraid we'd lost our son. We feared his suicide or overdose. Needless to say, we were worried and scared. We were desperate and Clarkie was in pain.

After a layoff and a long unemployment, my husband found a job at a TV station that ran a story on Spirit Reins. Our savings already depleted, we knew it would be expensive, but agreed if we needed to, we'd just mortgage the house – anything to give our son a chance. Rhonda at Spirit Reins agreed to work with us.

Clarkie was resistant the whole way out to Liberty Hill, but reported the first day: "That wasn't so bad." By the second week, rather than fight us tooth and nail, he was dressed and ready to go when the appointment came. By the 3rd week, I knew our son was transforming into the joyful person we knew him to be. He would never say very much about the sessions, but he seemed centered and peaceful when he returned home.

One time, my husband and I participated. We walked beside the horse that Clarkie was riding, while he directed us which way to go around various obstacles he called out by name: Weed. Lack of friends. Shame. Anger. This helped us to see what he was facing, and he realized he was not alone, and that WE could get past this.

For a year and a half, Clarkie came to Spirit Reins. He began to pursue the things he really loved again - like music. He was more comfortable in his skin, and all the things that had seemed so overwhelming to him, seemed lighter. He also started to deal with anger and sadness better – would use his words and talk about his emotions. Clarkie arrived at Spirit Reins a lost, angry and dark soul, but he left a bright, strong, young man.

Three weeks after Clarkie's 18th birthday, it was graduation day, and Clarkie was proudly the only student in the class photo wearing a tie! After a family graduation party, Clarkie said to me on his way out, "Mom, I love you so much. Thank you. This is the greatest day of my life." Our son was in a car accident that evening and passed away from complications 5 days later. For someone who thought he had no friends, there were more friends at his memorial service than could fit in the church!

Even though Clarkie's life was tragically cut short, we feel like Spirit Reins extended the time we had with our TRUE son. Clarkie found his voice and spirit before he died, and we were able to experience him as the happy, creative, generous, connected young man he became. We can't thank Spirit Reins – their healing horses and caring staff – enough for helping our son find his way back to himself and to US.

It is our WISH that ALL children have access to the unique therapy Spirit Reins provides. However, we understand that cost is often the biggest hurdle for struggling families. We ASK you to consider giving the gift of healing, hope, and personal growth to children (who otherwise can't afford it) by giving to the Clarke Adkins Spinks - Sponsor A Child Fund.

Again, Clarkie arrived at Spirit Reins a lost, angry and dark soul, but he left a bright, strong, young man. Please donate, and help other lost children find THEIR way.

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