Caitlin's Story

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Thank you for making a priceless difference!

 

Thank you very much for supporting the excellent organization that is KidsAbility. I have been a part of the KidsAbility family for most of my life. My story begins at birth, when I was born with a physical disability called acampomelic displaysia, which causes extreme curvature of the spine. I started with KidsAbility at eighteen months. I have used a number of their resources throughout my life. I have worked with physiotherapy for rehabilitation after surgeries, occupational therapy for equipment fittings and speech therapy to help ensure that I was able to speak clearly. As well, I was the Cambridge ambassador from 2005 to 2006, when I got the opportunity to share my story at the Kids Can’t Wait Radiothon, at the annual Cambridge Rotary Classic Fun Run and on television.


KidsAbility has seen me grow up throughout the years. I attended Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School for high school. At Doyle, it was with the help of KidsAbility that I gained the confidence to be an active member of the school community. I was on their Student Activities Council for two years, LINK crew for three years and Social Justice for two years. I was also part of other fundraising events; one in particular was helping a fellow student get a wheelchair van for him and his family. I did all of this while achieving honour roll status all four years. It was in my senior year that I decided to build up my community volunteering and went back to KidsAbility in Cambridge. I volunteered there from November 2015 to June 2016.

 

Fast forward to the present – I am going into my second year of university. I attended Carleton University in Ottawa for my first year. I could have never imagined being able to move six hours away from home for my first year of school without the skills and tools KidsAbility and my family instilled within me. For any child, moving away from home and going to university is a very scary thing, but with the addition of a disability, it can seem impossible! KidsAbility also assisted me in another area when it came to school. There were lots of scholarships and bursary options to apply for and I was honoured to receive KidsAbility’s Carol Shantz Bursary last year, which helped pay for part of my tuition.

 

I have decided that come the fall, I will be attending the University of Guelph for their psychology program. In three years, I will have my Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and will be working toward my American Sign Language certificate as I have gained a great love for it. My end goal is still slightly undecided, somewhere in medicine hopefully, but for now, I will keep all my options open.

 

I would like to truly thank you for contributing to a place that holds a very special spot in my heart. It is with the help of your donations that a priceless

difference can be made on a child’s life.

 

Thank you again,
Caitlin Beacock
KidsAbility Ambassador, 2005–2006