Bradley County Mayor, D. Gary Davis, presented a joint proclamation on behalf of Cleveland City Mayor, Kevin Brooks and himself declaring December 2, 2021 as Ralph Summers Day. Mayor Davis said, “I think Ralph would be very happy.” Brian Summers added that his father would be humbled by the honor. Cyndi Summers said that developing Life Bridges really was his life’s work and his dream came true.
Life Bridges became an agency in 1973, developed by individuals like Ralph Summers and assisted by parents, teachers, physicians and ministers who saw the need for services to support people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Today, Life Bridges has grown from those early visions of Mr. Summers to an organization that provides support for over 175 individuals with developmental disabilities utilizing a staff of 420 dedicated individuals. Supported individuals receive employment services, opportunities for participation in community activities, medical services, and a comprehensive selection of therapeutic services, including; physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, nutrition, and behavioral analysis.
“His presence has and will continue to provide direction for all we do,” continued Dr, Brown. “Thank you Ralph. Rest in peace.”
Ralph D. Summers passed away on April 22, 2021 and served as a Life Bridges board member for over 48 years.