Multi-million dollar therapy center coming to Franklin County

The center specifically helps children with special needs

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - What might look like an empty field to some is actually the future home of the Leg Up Farm, a therapy center for children with special needs.

"It may be a first word, it might be taking a first step on their own," said Louis Castriota, founder of the Leg Up Farm.

No matter what the "first" is, Castriota says their goal is to be their for the children who attend.

"Helping a child's self esteem, social health, physical health mental health; all of those things working together really helps children to achieve that first thing," said Castriota.

The therapy center is currently in York County, Pennsylvania. However, Thursday morning they announced they will make dreams come true in Franklin County too.

"The goal is really to do what we did in York County," explained Castriota. "[We] support  more than 700 children with special needs [and] impact thousands of volunteers with a wonderful experience."
State Representative Rob Kauffman and state Senator Richard Alloway are a part of the multi-million dollar project.

"The state is putting in some tax money to  help get this thing started. We think it's a wonderful thing for the community," said Senator Alloway.

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the Franklin County Redevelopment Authority and a generous donation of land from Penn National Communities the therapy center hopes to begin construction soon.

"As soon as the funds are raised, which is about $6 million, we will just be full speed ahead to support the children in the community," said Castriato.

Children, like Castriato's daughter Brooke, inspired the center.

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