Message from our Founder

“All Children Belong!”

Many of you may not know me. I am the Founder of Reach for the Rainbow, but more importantly the mother of two children. My youngest daughter Dove is developmentally disabled. She was the impetus behind the start of the charity. For the last 21 years, Camp Glen Mhor has been her home for a few weeks each summer.

Let me tell you about Dove. She’s a beautiful girl, with a wonderful spirit, who engages everyone with her captivating smile. However, she can only walk when someone is holding her hand. She can’t feed herself, dress herself, brush her teeth or comb her hair. She can’t tell me when she’s in pain or when she’s happy. Furthermore, she has life-threatening seizures on a daily basis, and I have come to accept the fact that there is always a possibly that she will not come back to me at the end of an episode.

I share only because I want you to truly understand what Camp Glen Mhor has shown by stepping up and embracing Reach for the Rainbow’s partners in integration. I know they are there for us, as Reach for the Rainbow is there for them. Without our expertise, training and support they would not be able to look after Dove.

But it is your support that creates a world where doors are open to everyone, opportunity is abundant and the ability to realize potential is unlimited. Each and every Reach for the Rainbow supporter is an integral part of the Reach for the Rainbow family.  You provide children and youth with disAbilities the opportunity to push past barriers, increase self-esteem, experience life, laughter and challenges with their peers - and most importantly, to truly know what it means to belong.

Our ability to provide integrated summer camp programs for children with disabilities; activities and opportunities for these special needs children; this is our constant mission.

As the founder, I wish I had the opportunity to meet each and every one of you – but it’s not possible. Our gratitude shouldn’t be minimized as your support this last year means everything. Please consider renewing your support of Reach for the Rainbow and the cause of inclusion.

With heartfelt thanks,

Donna

 

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