The journey into parenthood was one footprint in life’s journey that Jaime and Jeremy dreamed about but had yet to make. On October 3, 2006, the couple welcomed the birth of their first child Suzy. Their dreams had come true. Suzy weighted just 4lbs and 11oz, but was deemed full term by doctors. A few months after celebrating Suzy’s first birthday, the couple’s dream turned into a nightmare as Suzy experienced her first grand mal seizure. That nightmare became even more real as the doctors diagnosed Suzy with epilepsy. After several visits with doctors and therapists, the couple received even more diagnoses: developmentally delayed, mental retardation, autism, and speech apraxia.
Rather than focus on the overwhelmingly negative aspect of these diagnoses, the couple wanted to fulfill a promise they made to Suzy. That promise was to support and push Suzy to achieve her dreams. It’s not a coincidence that all of Suzy’s diagnoses contains the letters D.R.E.A.M.S. To help fulfill their promise to Suzy and children like Suzy, the couple began the Suzy Foundation.
The Suzy Foundation specializes in providing support for the different aspects of special needs children to help them achieve their D.R.E.A.M.S. The Suzy Foundation hopes that you will D.R.E.A.M. with them and help special needs children make their own footprints in life’s journey.