New Clinical Educational Series | Caring for the Plain Community

A new educational series tailored for physicians serving the Plain community is here! This bimonthly, virtual learning series will occur every other month on the first Friday from noon – 1 p.m. The talk series is organized by a collaboration of WellSpan Health, the Clinic for Special Children, and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

The first meeting is scheduled on Friday, December 3rd from noon – 1 p.m and can be accessed through the Zoom details below.

Talks from our inaugural Cultural Considerations for Clinicians: Caring for the Plain Community are available to access for your own education HERE or you can register to view the talks to be eligible for CME credits HERE.

The second educational talk session is currently scheduled for Friday, March 4th (postponed a month due to COVID). For more information on this series, please contact Stephen Ratcliffe, MD, MSPH at or


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A Birthday of Hope | Oakley Zimmerman’s Story

The Zimmerman family shared their story about how they were met with compassion and action at the Clinic for Special Children for our Annual Giving Appeal.

You can read their story below, a letter from our board chairman, and give to the Clinic to help support those with rare genetic disorders, like Oakley.

The Zimmerman Family’s Story

Read the full letter: Click Here

How Can You Give?

Make a donation online with credit card: Give Here

Mail your gift with cash or check (made to Clinic for Special Children) to:

Clinic for Special Children
PO Box 128
Strasburg, PA 17579

A Letter from our board chairman, Herman Bontrager

Read the full letter: Click Here

Thank you for cherishing the lives of children and adults facing rare genetic disorders.

Over $106,000 raised for the Clinic during the 2021 Extraordinary Give!


On Friday, November 19, 2021 over 250 Extraordinary people donated to the Clinic for Special Children and raised over $106,000 for children and adults with rare genetic disorders!

Your support this allows our team to provide affordable, compassionate care to the families that we serve.

The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster County’s largest day of online giving. This year over $15 million was raised for over 515 local non-profit organizations.


Thank you for your support!

2021 Extraordinary Give | Support the Clinic on Friday, November 19th!

You can help make an EXTRAORDINARY difference!

We’re counting down the days until the Extraordinary Give on Friday, November 19th – Lancaster County’s largest day of online giving! Last year Clinic for Special Children supporters helped raise over $55,000!

We will have $25,000 in matching dollars this year thanks to generous sponsors! Help us unlock these matching dollars and make your gift go further this year by donating to the Clinic during the ExtraGive.

Every dollar you donate on November 19th during the ExtraGive will also be stretched by a pool of more than $500,000 from local sponsors.

Donating is simple – below are four ways you can support the Clinic during the 2020 Extraordinary Give.

  1.  On Friday, November 19th (from midnight to 11:59 p.m.) visit the website and select ‘Clinic for Special Children’ to give online during the 24-hour period.
  2. Call the Clinic at 717-687-9407 between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to donate via credit card over the phone. Won’t have access to internet on the day of ExtraGive? Call us before or on November 19th, and we’ll help process your ExtraGive donation for you on the day of ExtraGive.
  3. Set up your own fundraising page! On the day of ExtraGive, share your page with family and friends to raise money in support of the Clinic for Special Children! Visit, search for ‘Clinic for Special Children’, and click the orange ‘Fundraise’ button to create your own page before November 19th!
  4. On Friday, November 19th, visit our info table at the New Holland Coffee Co. at their downtown Lancaster location from 4pm – 9pm! We will have free coasters and a cup of coffee for the first 100 visitors!

For additional information, please contact Kelly Cullen at 717-687-9407 or

Dr. Erik G. Puffenberger writes article detailing history of genetic investigation and discovery at the Clinic

Dr. Erik G. Puffenberger, Laboratory Director at the Clinic, recently penned an article, “Mendelian disease research in the Plain populations of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania”, for the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

Dr. Puffenberger joined the Clinic in 1998 and has witnessed first-hand the evolution of research and translational medicine at the Clinic for Special Children. In his article he details how the Clinic grew from treating a handful of biochemical disorders in 1989 to diagnosing and treating over 400 different diseases in 2021.

To read the full article, please visit HERE.

To learn more about Dr. Erik G. Puffenberger, please visit HERE.