Holly's Comic-Con Adventure
Seventeen-year-old Holly is a wildly creative young lady from St John’s, Newfoundland. Legally blind under bright lights, Holly lives with a condition called oculocutaneous albinism as well as Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease. At 17, she has already undergone 7 surgeries for bone fusion – not the typical wild and free teenage life. But despite these challenges, Holly is dedicated to her creative passions. For years she has dreamed of attending Comic-Con International, an annual convention held in San Diego that brings comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms.
On July 14th, Holly found out that her dream was coming true. At an intimate celebration in her home, Sunshine presented Holly and her family with a trip to San Diego to attend the 4-day Comic-Con experience. Her cousin Sam, with whom she shares a passion for cosplay (costume roleplay), joined her in San Diego. Cosplay allows Holly to become anything she wants to be, to leave worries of her medical conditions behind and be as wondrous and magical as her chosen character. It can also challenge her bravery since acting as a character in front of many fans and fellow Cosplayers can be intimidating. But once in costume, you feel part of the community and a boost in self-esteem. During the four day event, both girls dressed to mimic their favourite movie, book or video game character, fitting right in with the rest of the fans.
There were many exciting events during Holly’s Comic-Con experience: attending the Annual Masquerade (the biggest costume event… ever!), meeting her favourite TV show star, Freddie Highmore who plays Norman Bates in The Bates Motel, attending the world premiere of the new Star Trek movie, and joining in on endless laughter and jokes with the creators of the party game Cards Against Humanity.
Holly and Sam had the best Comic-Con adventure together in their great Cosplay outfits…along with Sunshine Bear who wore his Star Trek costume for extra luck. After returning home, Holly’s family sent Sunshine a letter that included a personal thank you from Holly as well as a drawing of Sunshine Bear in his Star Trek gear (below).
From all of us at Sunshine - thank you Holly for your beautiful artwork and keep following your dreams!
To: The Sunshine Foundation
Thank You all so much for giving our daughter Holly the dream of a lifetime, it was amazing. You went above and beyond any expectations we had. Arranging meet and greets, Star Trek tickets, masquerade tickets and arranging a Comic-Con badge for Samantha to go with her to Comic-Con was wonderful and we truly appreciated it. I can’t say enough about how fabulous your organization is and how you truly know how to make a child’s dream a reality. Holly had a trip of a
Thank you again, lifetime and a memory that will last forever. We can never thank you enough. Enclosed is a drawing Holly made for you all as a thank you for making her dream come true.
- Sincerely Holly’s family.