We wanted to thank you very much for providing our daughter Hailey, 8, with a shadow for the past few summers at the Great South Bay YMCA. Hailey is a very happy 8 year old girl who was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder. All Hailey wants to do is play and make friends like her typical peers do. This program through the LIAM Foundation allows Hailey to do just that. She absolutely loves going to the camp each day!
Meet Hailey !
It would not be possible without this program as Hailey requires a little more attention than her typical peers do. Both my husband and I work so it is difficult at times to find somebody we trust to watch Hailey during the summer. Prior to finding out about the LIAM Foundation shadow program at the Great South Bay YMCA, we made numerous phone calls and inquiries to find a suitable camp program for Hailey, and most phone calls ended with the usual, “unfortunately, we cannot accommodate Hailey.” It was definitely upsetting at first, however in the end once we reached out to the LIAM Foundation that all changed!! The LIAM shadow program has been a lifesaver for us! Last year we had the pleasure of meeting Liam and some of the founders of the LIAM Foundation at the open house held at the camp and it was nice to see we are not alone and that others understand as several families shared their stories.
We have been told how Hailey has thrived at the camp over the past few summers. All of the shadows we have met along the way have been wonderful with Hailey. Hailey loves to be outside, run, swim, read, listen and dance to music, and most of all, climb the rock wall. She has even been named camper of the week a few times! The LIAM shadow program has given Hailey the opportunity to grow and become independent at camp, while providing her with the extra guidance and support that she needs along the way. We can’t thank you enough!
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