Sunday, August 13, 2006

More picts of Land meets Sea

I am posting some pictures of our week of activities. I want to share some of the amazing stories of some amazing people. As most of you know, if you read my blog, my daughter, Jennifer was hit by a drunk driver and almost did not survive. She was in the hospital for 8 months, in a coma for 4 1/2 months, she lost her vision, her leg, her voice and the use of her right side. Since then, 2000, she has improved, her voice is soft but we can understand her, her vision is better although she is still legally blind. She is smart and happy and dealing with her new life. Some of the other people we meet this year included a 17 year old girl that was shot by gang members in LA, another 18 year old was paralyzed by her father who was driving drunk when he crashed the motorcycle which she was an 8 year old passenger. Some are born with the handicap, others are hurt as a result of some sort of accident or crash. This program is so wonderful, I can't say it enough. It gives these people an opportunity to be normal for a week. To enjoy some of the things that the rest of us can do if we choose to that they could not do otherwise. The volunteers are all trained and the equipment is all adapted for the different handicaps. The moto is "you can" they never give up trying to make it work for everyone. It is a huge undertaking and I am so grateful. Jennifer thought she would never be able to enjoy some of the activities she participates in during this week. Also Long Beach, shuts down the Marina for us so that we don't have to compete with the able bodied boaters etc. Here are some pictures, I hope you enjoy and if you want to donate to a worthy cause please think about this organization, you will change a persons whole attitude towards their disability. To donate: Casa Colina Centers for Rehab, Outdoor Adventures program. 909/596-7733.


Susan said...

Thank you for sharing this information. I have been following the blog of Molly's mother, the girl who was dragged by the limousine after the prom in Denver? She has lost her leg and has a lot of adjustment to make.

It's good to know that your daughter is doing so well. I'm glad you both had a great time. When I hear of children like this, it really makes me appreciate the luck my own children had.

"Maggie" said...

Thank you for sharing your daughter's story. As a mother of four I cannot comprehend what you all must have gone through and appreciate what each day's struggles bring to lead as normal a life as possible. I think you are so right in taking time though for you and your husband. You are the foundation of love that brought created your family and without a strong bond of love and strength and happiness that you share as a couple you cannot weather the challenges life has brought to you and your family. I hope to hear of an exciting time away for you and your hubby!

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