Rose and Mama
Rose loves her care provider, Deb, and they get along great, but Rose was very sad that there was not a dog in the house. Wanting to please Rose, Deb searched for the best dog for her. The two of them decided that they wanted a Havanese, a small dog with no shedding and limited barking. They found a dealer in New York, who was interested in finding a good home for two (male and female) four year old dogs that were done with their breeding duties. The dogs were given to them free of charge. The initial vet bill was more than anticipated and Rose was not able to pay the bill completely on her own, but thanks to the Darren FUNd, her bill was taken care of. The female, named Mama, is owned by Rose. Life in the home is busier with the addition of the two dogs, but they have made a huge difference in Rose’s life. Rose has a degenerative condition that limits her ability to walk on her own and causes her back pain. Sometimes, if Rose comes home from her day program in a bad mood, the presence of the dogs can turn her frown into a smile.
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.