BENEFITING: Wish of a Lifetime
Sonia, 76, of Denver, CO set her sights high at a young age. She started ice skating at the age of 8 with the Philadelphia Skating Club, and fully intended on skating in the Olympics someday. But at the age of 17 she suffered a neck injury that left her unable to compete. The injury was so severe that it was only through extensive therapy that she was able to learn to walk and talk again. Tragically, 30 years later a car accident left Sonia wheelchair-bound.
However, Sonia yearns to connect with ice skating once more. In Sonia’s words, “when we are young, we all have dreams. Sometimes these dreams are set aside to continue with everyday life. If this wish was to be fulfilled, it would give me a sense of accomplishment, in that despite the physical limitations I am faced with every day, there are still dreams to be dreamed and goals to be achieved.”
Given Sonia’s words and her bright smile, it is not hard to see how infectious her positive attitude can be. Sonia is quick to point out that she has never seen herself as a victim or survivor, but as a victor. Join us in sending Sonia to the 2014 Skating Championships and the Smucker's Skating Spectacular as a way to honor Sonia and help her achieve yet another victory in a long line of triumphs over adversity.
Contributions to sponsor a specific wish will be used for that wish, but in the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent carrying out a wish as planned, the contributions for that wish will be used to at the discretion of Wish of a Lifetime to further its charitable purposes and objectives. If contributions are received over and above what is necessary to fund a specific wish, the excess funds will be used at the discretion of Wish of a Lifetime to further its charitable purposes and objectives.