Melissa’s Story – Central Park Plunge 2018
Picture: Andrew Ritchie
“Ok, camps mean so much to me and my son, it is difficult enough to be a parent of a young adult with disabilities, but being a guardian is challenging with not having family to call on to help with respite or time away.” – Julia
Julia, a long-time volunteer and supporter of Cahoots camps, is one of the many people whose lives have been impacted by the support and fundraising of people like you! Julia is the foster parent of Melissa, who has a frontal lobe brain damage resulting in a range of disabilities that make her every daily activity a challenge.
“I enjoy being around people that don’t mean harm but simply enjoy life as it is. Giving children and young adults with special needs that little bit of help and fun that they deserve. I love seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter.”-Julia
At 29 years of age, Melissa is a special case because she has been with Cahoots since she was six years old saying she has attended so many camps she has lost count. She is now part of the Grads Camp program. What she loves most is the new friendships she has made and the opportunities she has had to see and experience different things like visiting the Gap in Albany last holidays. Over the years, Cahoots has seen both Julia and Melissa through thick and thin and seen them both grow, be challenged and changed.
Unfortunately, money has always been a struggle. The funding provided from NDIS is limited and provides little opportunity for time away throughout the year. They very much rely on the support of those who take part in the Central Park Plunge.