BENEFITING: Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Giving back is more important than ever these days. With all of the negative that is going on in the world, in our country, and in our state, I find it comforting that I walk into Tammy Lynn Center and know that I'm working for good. Good things are happening here. Happiness and growth are happening here. Love and laughter are happening here.
Every time I walk into Moore house, our residence that houses adults, and make eye contact with June, she lights up, knowing I'm coming toward her while I walk past her roommates and say hello. As I approach her bed, her eyebrows raise, and she does one of two things: she either points at the book she's reading to show me what she's up to (could be upside down, could just be pictures), or she opens her arms (my favorite). When you embrace June, you don't just get a light hug. You get a tight squeeze, a nose buried in your hair, and a heavy sigh. The first time I got a "June Hug," was the very first time I met her, on my very first visit to Tammy Lynn Center, during my job interview. That moment was when I knew I was here to stay. The fact that they used the acronym "TLC" was even more of a sign - a common phrase used in our house while I was growing up.
Most centers for developmental disabilities have residential or educational support until the age of 22. Not Tammy Lynn Center. You're with us as long as you want or need to be, no matter your age. June is in her late 40's and is receiving incredible care by our residential and nursing staff, as are all of the 42 children and adults that live with us, and the near 400 families we serve on and off campus.
My goal is to raise $750 by June 30th. Please rally behind me and help me share and raise awareness for Tammy Lynn Center.