17-year-old El Pasoan Yatzira, diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, is getting ready for her dream come true trip to Orlando, Florida to visit the area theme parks thanks to the Sunshine Foundation.
Yatzira will be traveling next week to Orlando with her parents and siblings.
While in Central Florida, Yatzira and her family will visit Legoland Florida, Universal Orlando, and Walt Disney World theme parks.
One of the highlights of the trip is the family’s stay at the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village, a 22-acre resort dotted with uniquely themed cottages and equipped for the special needs of youth like Yatzira.
“The family’s stay at the Dream Village will be a welcomed respite from the daily challenges that the diagnoses of quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy brings to a family,” Sunshine Foundation officials share.
The Sunshine Foundation provides these Dream Come True trips for children that are turned away from other wish granting organizations that require a life-threatening or critical diagnosis.
“We rely on the generosity of donations from individuals and corporations to make these dreams a reality,” officials added.
According to the foundation’s website, it all started thanks to one Philadelphia-area police officer and a loan.
In the 1960’s, Philadelphia police officer Bill Sample was assigned to a local children’s hospital. He encountered critically ill, and often terminally ill, children and saw first-hand how these children’s families were burdened not only by mounting medical bills, but also by the frustration of not being able to provide their children’s special dream.
In 1976, Bill took out a personal loan and, with the help of others, started Sunshine Foundation and began making dreams come true for these truly deserving children.
“Not all children are able to run and play and enjoy life. Many are innocent victims of birth defects, accidents and deadly diseases. Shouldn’t each child know that somebody cares enough to see his or her dream come true?”
The website goes on to state that since 1976, “Sunshine Foundation has spread Sunshine into the lives of more than 40,000 children in the United States, and it remains one of the nation’s top-rated wish-granting charities serving the terminally ill or chronically ill.”
For more information, please visit their website.