Sunshine Foundation

A Dream With Mom and Tribute to Champion Mothers

Thursday, May 10, 2018

This Mother’s Day, Sunshine invites you to give a ‘shout-out’ to all the mothers who do everything every other mother does, plus a whole lot more - moms like Trisha.

Trisha’s son Joel was born three months prematurely. He weighed less than two pounds and developed bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a serious lung condition that required a ventilator, and later a tracheostomy to breathe.

Needing to leave her job to become his full-time caregiver, Trisha quickly became an expert at sleepless nights, juggling complicated schedules and endless medical appointments, and shaping her own life around her son’s needs. She learned countless things out of necessity and discovered strengths she never knew she had.

At the age of eight, following numerous surgeries, Joel’s tubes were removed, making it possible for him to breathe and eat on his own, and to experience new adventures, including his Sunshine Dream.

When Trisha first opened the letter telling her that Joel’s Sunshine Dream was going to come true, she cried. “I was so happy to be able to take him somewhere he’s always wanted to go, and not have to worry about anything,” she says of their trip to Disneyland Resort, where Joel wanted to visit Cars Land and meet Darth Vader. “It was beyond amazing.”

For Joel, and for Trisha too, the Sunshine Dream was a launching pad for a brighter future filled with possibilities. “I’m so grateful for the many ways Sunshine affected Joel’s life and my own.”

Trisha continues to celebrate every new gain in Joel’s progress, and she is fiercely proud of the unique qualities he brings to the world.  


This Mother’s Day, Sunshine invites you to reach out to all the moms like Trisha to tell them how awesome they are. With the love and support of family, friends, and a caring community, we can help these moms move forward in their life’s mission – to help their child become their best self and experience life to the fullest.

If you know an amazing mom, consider making a gift to Sunshine in her honour this Mother’s Day. Your donation will help future Sunshine dreamers and the mothers who stand beside them.

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