Local five-year-old receives dream come true
By Debbie Rolen
Davenport, Fla. — Five-year-old Zakery McKinney, from Sarah Ann, was recently granted a dream trip to Central Florida by the Sunshine Foundation, which answers the dreams of children living with life-long chronic illnesses, physical challenges, or the trauma of abuse. Zakery traveled to the Orlando area with his parents, Amber and Christopher McKinney, and his siblings, Jalynn and Branson.
While in Florida, the family visited the Walt Disney World Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. Zakery and his family stayed at the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village, a 22-acre resort with themed cottages specially equipped for the special needs of children like Zakery, who has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida. The Sunshine Foundation is the only national wish-granting organization to answer the dreams of children with chronic illnesses like Spina Bifida.
The Sunshine Foundation is able to provide dream trips through support and donations, allowing families that are already strapped with medical bills and care costs to enjoy a brief respite without the additional financial burden a vacation can cause.
Since 1976, Sunshine Foundation has answered the dreams of more than 37,000 children in the United States, and it remains the nation’s only A-rated charity serving the terminally ill or chronically ill. For more information, please visit www.sunshinefoundation.org.
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