My daughter, Kendyl, was diagnosed with Meningitis at three weeks old. We were told she would not live to be two months old but God had a different plan for her. We are proud to say Kendyl defeated the odds and she will turn seven in November! Although Kendyl survived this illness, she is severely disabled from the virus she contracted. Kendyl is partially blind in both eyes, non-verbal, has 7 brain tumors, a severely suppressed immune system and is wheelchair dependent but she does not let that stop her from smiling!
Watching my child fight for her life on a daily basis inspired me to always find a way to give back to other families fighting the same battle. From my inspiration, Kendyl and Friends Foundation was founded. We are a 501c3, non-profit, charitable, educational, and financial resources for persons living with disabilities. We strive to raise awareness and give back to those families who are raising special needs children.
To date, Kendyl and Friends Foundation has raised over $250,000! We wanted to provide a life-long resource for special needs children and their families. This desire took the shape of a playground that would be equipped with wheelchair accessible equipment, braille boards, sign language boards, sensory disorder equipment, among other things. Just this month (May 2017), Kendyl and Friends Playground was built, with the blood, sweat and tears supplied by a small group of volunteers. The Grand Opening will take place on May 22, 2017 at 10 AM and we hope the opening is the first of many days that the playgroup will serve special needs and disabled children and their families.
Kendyl and Friends Foundation has been blessed with many hearts who see our mission, believe in us, and continue to support us financially. Thank you, for your support and we are honored that you have given us to opportunity to help other special needs children and their families! We could not deliver our mission without your help and because you choose us, we are FOREVER grateful!
Founder and Executive Director