|Join us in our efforts to support Team Addie!!!
By now, I'm sure most of you are aware that our eldest, Adelina, lives with significant developmental disabilities. Although her physical abilities are pretty typical, her cognitive functioning is not. This can make us, as parents, feel a bit helpless. Heritage Christian Services is an organization that assists us with Addie's service coordination and is an all around support for us when needed. It is an organization founded by parents of a developmentally disabled individual who wanted to ensure the proper care and meaningful life of their beloved and wanted to leave a legacy of this compassionate care for generations of other families living with disabilities. This organization services our Addie Pie in smaller ways now, but perhaps in more crucial ways in the future. They run high quality homes for adults and offer day programs, respite and community habilitation. They run the Pieters Family Life Center, Springdale Farm and Heritage Christian Stables. They do SOOO much for this community and the families they give peace of mind to...families that can rest assured that their loved one is in caring and capable hands when they are not there to care for them. Families like the Dermodys.
The Dermodys started to support this annual fundraising event a few years by attending it and by running in the 5K. This year will be our 5th year participating as TEAM ADDIE, runners and/or walkers!! It is wonderful being all together in a place that I don't have to worry about getting "the looks" from people while out with Addie. It is great getting the support of so many friends and family through donations, kind words, or by joining us at the event! It means so much, and it's not so much about the money, but it's about knowing we're not doing this alone. It does feel lonely sometimes!
This annual event for Heritage is taking on a new theme, the Heritage Hero. Participants and donors are encouraged to dedicate their walk/run/donation in honor of or in memory of their hero. We encourage YOU to do the same!
Clearly Team Addie was formed in honor and support of Addie, and it will always have that focus, however, one of Team Addie’s fiercest supporters and loyal attendees was my incredible Dad, Sal Vicente, who in February of 2015, after a brief but intense battle with pancreatic cancer, was promoted to eternity. While we know those streets of gold beat the concrete of MCC, we will forever miss him cheering on the runners and walking the Legacy Mile (now called the Mile Stroll & Roll). However, we know he is providing some heavenly support now and he will always be Addie's faithful "Tito", no matter which side of heaven he is on.
Team Addie will always honor the following individuals who left this world before we were ready for them to, but who also were able to be a part of Team Addie through their presence at the event and/or donations over the years:
Baby Emmett Sadowski
Please support Team Addie 2016!! Every penny counts! You are helping so many families who count on Heritage’s invaluable services.
Join us for the 5K and/or the Mile Stroll & Roll!! We’d love to have you in our 2016 team photo.
Steve & Cristina
Adelina, Eliana, Isabela & Seamus