Jarrills Takes Flight
When Jerrilis heard that her caregiver may go skydiving, she quickly decided she’d like to skydive too. However, after trying without success to get her physician to sign off on the idea, she was offered alternatives. One of them was a beautiful plane tour over the Pioneer Valley. Thanks to the Darren FUNd, Jerrilis was able to take flight on a perfect fall day!
It was Darren’s never-ending smile and happiness that filled the hearts of Anne Marie and John with joy when they welcomed him into their family. That joy led them to establish the Darren FUNd in 2007 at Pathlight.
The FUNd’s purpose is to afford others served by Pathlight’s Shared Living and Adult Family Care program opportunities that are fun and bring them joy.
Over the years, the FUNd has fulfilled this intention in a variety of ways, including vacations trips to Disney World, Arizona, and New Hampshire, therapeutic horseback riding lessons, classes at the Jewish Community Center, membership at the local YMCA, a week at Camp Horizon, music lessons, and the purchase of iPads.
Since Darren’s death in 2014 from Early Onset Alzheimer’s, the FUNd has taken on a new meaning. It is now a tribute to his life, and a way to honor his spirit.
Please join us in remembering and honoring Darren’s memory and ensuring that others will receive the gift of happiness and fun.