Over the past nine months, we have been fund raising for two of our residents to go to Disney World. The time for the trip finally arrived on Monday, November 10th. Mrs. Emma was chosen to go along with her good friend, David.
Mrs. Emma had a couple of obstacles to overcome before she was able to go on this trip. Mrs. Emma could not bear a whole lot of weight with her legs and needed some help with transfers. So once the decision was made, Mrs. Emma started her therapy. The therapy department came up with a plan and for six months Mrs. Emma worked very hard to get to where she is at today. Her first obstacle was getting onto the airplane. With patience and help from staff, Teresa and Angela, she was able to get to her seat. The grin that she had on her face was so big and did not stop for three days.
Once in Disney World, David wanted to ride a roller coaster. We were able to get that accomplished with no problem. He also got to meet Donald Duck, as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse. His favorite character is Goofy. Sadly, we were not able to meet him, but we bought a Goofy hat and he was happy with that.
Mrs. Emma wanted to ride a water ride. We waited in line for Splash Mountain. With a lot of anticipation as we waited in line, we finally got to the front of the line. The staff at Disney was very patient with us as we got Mrs. Emma on the ride. What a feeling it was for us to witness this moment that Mrs. Emma had worked so hard for. Once the ride was over, it took us a couple of minutes to get her off the ride. Once off, we all cheered, clapped, and cried.
This was a once in a lifetime experience for all of us that we’ll never forget!