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Area family featured in documentary that sheds light on struggles of raising kids with special needs

A local family plays a major role in a new documentary that hopes to bring awareness to the struggles of raising kids with special needs. (Source: WOIO) A local family plays a major role in a new documentary that hopes to bring awareness to the struggles of raising kids with special needs. (Source: WOIO)
A local family plays a major role in a new documentary that hopes to bring awareness to the struggles of raising kids with special needs. (Source: WOIO) A local family plays a major role in a new documentary that hopes to bring awareness to the struggles of raising kids with special needs. (Source: WOIO)
OLMSTED FALLS, OH (WOIO) -

A local family plays a major role in a new documentary that hopes to bring awareness to the struggles of raising kids with special needs.

Mariel and Heath Krakowiak are parents to Cholbie, age 9, and Lleyten, age 6. Both kids are non-verbal, can't walk on their own, and need assistance for almost everything.

"I mean, this is the only life that we know, this is our normal, so to us it's normal. But to other people that aren't around other kids like ours, it's definitely different," said Mariel Krakowiak.

The kids have been seeing specialists and doctors for both of their entire lives, but they remain undiagnosed.

Both Mariel and Heath work full time in the Olmsted Falls City Schools district, but they are forced to apply for grant funding to supplement significant out-of-pocket costs.

They're hoping this film will raise awareness and shed some light.

"Everybody's struggles are different. And we thought by sharing ours it would help people in some ways, typical or special needs. Maybe it will give them some kind of connection to find some funding, some resources, find friends so we thought it was the right thing to do," said Mariel Krakowiak.

The Kickstarter campaign for this film will raise money to help finish the documentary and get it submitted to film festivals.

Read and watch a trailer about the film here.

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