Lyndon Schumpert loved Spiderman toys. The 2-year-old boy and his father Jarred Schumpert died in a tragic auto accident near Dallas, Texas, in late December.
But Lyndon’s fondness for the super hero lives on thanks to his mother, Laura Schumpert of Cape Girardeau, and the kindness of others. Laura, who survived the Dec. 22 car crash, asked for donations of Spiderman and other super hero toys in lieu of flowers.
On Friday, Feb. 6, Laura donated countless Spiderman toys and even a toy kitchen to the pediatric therapy unit at HealthPoint Rehab in Cape Girardeau.
The “Super Chef Kitchen” and several other toys had been purchased by the Cape Girardeau family as Christmas presents for Lyndon – presents that he never got to open.
In addition to HealthPoint, Laura is donating toys to two other organizations that assist children and families – the local autism center and Missouri First Steps.
Lyndon, who was autistic, received therapy at HealthPoint Rehab for a number of months prior to his death. He enjoyed playing with a toy kitchen in the pediatric therapy room at HealthPoint. Thanks to the donation, the room now has two toy kitchens.
Occupational therapist Kristin McRaven, OTR/L, and speech therapist Emily Obergoenner, MA, SLP-CFY, say Lyndon was a joy to be around.
“He was vibrant, full of life. He played hard at everything he did,” McRaven recalls.
Obergoenner remembers, “He brought me flowers. He was one of those special kids.”
HealthPoint Rehab therapists (from left) Julie Fredenburg, Emily Obergoenner and Kristin McRaven pose with donated toys including numerous Spiderman dolls, which were donated in memory of a 2-year-old boy who died in a traffic accident right before Christmas last year.