The Walk for a Healthy Community is only 8 weeks away!!!!!

C.E.R.T.S., Inc. has been invited to be part of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Walk for a Healthy Community. Join us on Saturday, June 6th at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington at 9:00 to participate in the 5K Walk or the “One Mile Fun Walk”. A variety of activities along with food items will be available to all participants and their families. There is no entry fee or minimum fundraising requirement.

Please register on line at and build a Walk team in support of the needed programming offered at C.E.R.T.S., Inc.

Highmark will provide a t-shirt to all walkers who raise $25 with C.E.R.T.S., Inc. receiving all designated donations.

Sign up today and join us for a morning of fun outdoor activity as we make a difference one step at a time.




Amazing Tails: Making Connections with PAWS


“Luka confirmed our faith in him today during his first visit to CERTS in Smyrna. He hesitated on his leash only once on the way from the car to the front door. Then he greeted everyone as if he had been visiting for weeks.

“He delighted Carlos – a huge Arlo fan – by sitting with him in his big easy chair and closing in for a gentle lick right on the tip of his ear. Carlos laughed and then started repeating his name, ‘Luka, Luka.’


“A wonderful staffer named Katie got right down on the floor and scooped Luka into her lap. Katie’s oldest dog is ill and she told me she was looking forward to some therapy for herself today.

Janice watches Luka work magic with a new friend.


“The highlight of our visit was the time we spent with a young lady who reminds all of us of Julia Roberts. Her hands are often contracted under her chin and her gaze is fixed in the distance. Several months ago, she began to look at Arlo when he stretched out on the tray of her wheelchair. Then she began to lean forward toward him. A few weeks ago, she moved her hands to rest on his back. Today, she did all of those things while Luka sat in front of her, and she continued to look at him, lean forward, and pet him the entire time. The staffers called Bill, the nurse in charge of the facility. He ran back to his office for the video camera so that her family could see the interaction. ‘I’ve been involved with her care for many years,’ he said, ‘and I’ve never seen her interact in this way with anyone or anything else.’

“What a great start to Luka’s career as a PAWS dog!” Janice Baldwin-Hench, PAWS Member