Sunshine Dream comes true for Jared
Oct 12, 2013 / 5:00 am
The 19th Annual BMO Okanagan Marathon takes place today and once again organizers are supporting the work of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada by making dreams come true for children who live with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.
11-year-old Jared, who had his Sunshine Dream fulfilled last year, has cerebral palsy but loves watching National Geographic, reading books on animals and caring for his two puppies. According to his mother Michelle, Jared has a special fascination with a large marine mammal found in only a few marshy, coastal regions of the world.
“Since Jared was 2 he has talked about going to Florida to swim with the manatees," said Michelle. "He would say, ‘Mum we have to go to Florida.’”
Jared's dream trip came to fruition last year when he, his parents and older brother travelled to Crystal River, Florida to swim with the manatees. Since coming back, Jared has become more determined than ever to fulfil his next dream, to become a marine biologist.
“BMO employees are very supportive of the work of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada,” said Sean Armstrong, Vice President, B.C. Interior, North & Yukon.
“It’s a natural fit for us, both as the title sponsor and as a company involved in the local community. We encourage everyone participating as runners or spectators at the BMO Okanagan Marathon to add their support to Sunshine.”
Sunshine is the only national Canadian charity impacting the lives of children challenged by severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses by making their dreams come true. Dreams allow children to escape from the daily regimen and challenges of living with a severe physical disability or life-threatening illness and provide children with a sense of freedom, empowerment and joy. Sunshine has two programs: Individual Dreams and the DreamLift program.
Individual Dreams can range from family trips to customized gifts. A DreamLift is a whirlwind, one-day adventure to a Disney theme park for a large group of children. Since its inception in 1987, Sunshine has fulfilled dreams for more than 7,000 children across Canada.
For more information, visit this website.
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