By Laura Braden Quigley
A mother’s love for her children is eternal and unconditional.
And for one local mom, that means launching a fundraiser to help provide independent living for her son Sullivan, and other developmentally disabled young adults.
Sullivan was born with a severely immature brain and although he is 19 years old and 6 feet tall, he requires 24/7/365 care and supervision because his functional abilities are at a 2-year-old’s level. He requires assistance with everything from feeding and dressing to communication and transportation.
“To know Sullivan is to love Sullivan….and to find renewed awareness of your own gifts and abilities,” says Alicia Wagnon, Sullivan’s mom. “The blessing lies in Sullivan’s disposition – his greatest joy is being included and feeling connected. His joy is palpable when he is bowling at Strikes or swimming with his Special Olympics teammates… when he meets his new cabin buddies each summer at Camp ReCreation… and when he hangs out weekly with his friends at the Bayside Church special needs youth group.”
Alicia and Sullivan’s brother and sister (triplets!) want to give him the most joy-filled life possible. They believe he needs and deserves the opportunity to have a place of his own.
Well, the stars recently aligned, and the right house has become available. The family has the opportunity to establish a stable residence for Sullivan – with up to three other young adults just like him – where they can enjoy a bit more independence.
And they need Sacramento’s help.
LET’S HELP MAKE A HOME FOR SULLIVAN
Sullivan’s family is fundraising to help cover the costs of acquiring and renovating the home to make it safe and functional.
“It’s my hope that the success of this endeavor will help my precious son experience the world as typically developed young adults do, while at the same time inspiring me to establish additional residences that can serve other severely developmentally disabled individuals in our community,” said Alicia.
Every amount helps to transform this dream into a reality, and I encourage everyone to learn more and consider donating to this heart-warming and transformative cause: https://www.gofundme.com/a-home-for-sullivan.
And watch the beginning of Sullivan’s journey with a few segments from KOVR / CBS 13: