Jacob Knapp, 8, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, smiles after putting on a big Mario hat at the Kindering Center in Bellevue. At left is occupational therapist Aaron Wong-Weinrieb. Mirrors and hats are two tools Wong-Weinrieb uses to get Jacob’s interest. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
Jacob Knapp, 8, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, smiles after putting on a big Mario hat at the Kindering Center in Bellevue. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
Fund for Those in Need

Kindering helps children with special needs — and their parents — live better lives

Jacob was diagnosed as a baby with a condition so rare it didn't have a name. With his determination and therapy from Kindering, a nonprofit helped by The Seattle Times Fund for Those in Need, Jacob learned to walk — and is climbing toward more progress. VIEW

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