Dear Friends of Sunshine,
On the morning of Sunday, October 16, 2016, I woke up a typical teenager; a junior at Otsego High School with a giant personality. On the way home from work, my life changed in an instant.
I had just received my driver’s license and the roads were slick that morning. In the blink of an eye, I lost control of my car. That’s the last thing I remember before waking up in the ICU weeks later.
In March of 2017 after a miraculous recovery, my family and I found Sunshine Communities. An organization traditionally known for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, I soon learned firsthand it was much more than that. It was a place that became my home, and an extension of my family, for a year and a half.
When I was told I would not eat again, the staff at Sunshine believed in me. Now, I can feed myself. When I was told I would never walk again, they believed in me. Now I can run through the halls during my visits at Sunshine. When I was told my future was bleak, Sunshine never gave up on me.
Now, I have a future.
I never imagined I would need the support of a place like Sunshine Communities. But I’m thankful that in my time of greatest need, they were there. Sunshine gives children and adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to thrive and engage with others in a loving environment, and for that, I am forever grateful.
I happily share my story with you and ask that you make a thoughtful gift to Sunshine at this time of Thanksgiving so they can continue their important mission of supporting those in need.