[blindkid] Dreams really do come true!

DrV icdx at earthlink.net
Sat Apr 18 20:38:18 UTC 2009

Awesome & very touching story Kim. I'd love to share this with others.
You should formally submit it to Future Refections.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Eric V

On Apr 17, 2009, at 5:20, Kim Cunningham <kim at gulfimagesphoto.com>  

> Good morning all,
> I would like to share with you all about what can happen if you  
> chase your dreams. When my daughter was little, around 3 yrs. old,  
> we took her to Disneyworld in Florida. I was young with the  
> knowledge of how to parent her. My life was more consumed with fear  
> of the unknown. How would she do this, what will happen if she does  
> that, and on and on. While at Disney, I saw a group of high school  
> aged kids running off to get on a rollercoaster. Amid this group of  
> kids, I saw a young lady with a cane, just as eager and joyful as  
> her classmates. No one was holding her hand. No adult was  
> supervising her. She was just being a typical teenager with a cane.  
> It was a "light bulb moment" for me. I couldn't contain my smile. It  
> was right then and there that I decided what I wanted for my  
> daughter. If this young lady can do it, so can my sweet child. This  
> unknown young lady will never know the impact she made on our lives.  
> Once my goal was set firmly in mind, I had a
> sense of direction of where to go from there. One moment with such a  
> powerful impact.
> As I write this morning, I'm happy to say that we have come full  
> circle. My 17 yr. old daughter has traveled to Disney with her  
> school choir. They will be spending the next 4 days traveling the  
> same path as our unknown friend we saw when she was young. My dream  
> came true! None of our successes came easily. It was hard work, but  
> our payoff has been great. I usually volunteer and chaparone during  
> school functions (I am a stay-at-home mom), but my daughter informed  
> me that she DID NOT want me to chaparone this trip. She wanted to  
> hang with her friends and felt confident in her training. I did it -  
> I really did it!
> I wish all the parents of young blind children the same life  
> experience. Set you goals high and don't let anyone stand in your  
> way. If your goals are to feel sorry for your child or to believe  
> your child "can't" or "won't", then there will be no expectations to  
> fulfill.
> Regards,
> One Happy Mom - Kim Cunningham
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