California Dreaming

A drive down the Californian coast showed Rozlyn and her parents why dreams really do matter
Sunshine Foundation

California Dreaming

Monday, December 1, 2014

Rozlyn’s Sunshine Dream started with a ride in a BMW convertible to her surprise Dream Presentation hosted by the WINNERS store in Orléans. “It was heartfelt, loving and warm,” says Kathryn, Rozlyn’s mom. “All her teachers were there, her friends, plus Sunshine Volunteers Rita and Dean and the caring Associates from WINNERS.”

RozlynRozlyn is a ten-year-old from Ottawa. Her mother describes her as a fashionista with a great sense of humour and her own sense of style, which often includes animal prints. So, Rozlyn’s request to drive down the Californian coast in a convertible came as a bit of surprise to Kathryn. 

Not so surprising when Rozlyn describes herself. “I’m funny, nice, adventurous, brave and a daredevil.” Rozlyn has spina bifida and wears purple animal-print braces for long-distance, endurance and stability.

“Rozlyn came up with the idea of driving down the coast from L.A., but we’d never been,” says Kathryn. “She likes fancy cars. Whenever we travel somewhere, she’ll see one and gasp, ‘Look at that car!’”

When Rozlyn explains why she likes convertibles, it’s simple. “They’re pretty!” So, even with the windy weather on the West Coast in late July, Rozlyn was ready to go. “I chose to layer the clothes and have the heat on. That was my dream.” When they got to the car rental location in L.A., they immediately saw the car Rozlyn had dreamed of. “A Mustang. Silver. They said it was brand new.”

Rozlyn and her parents, Kathryn and Jeremy, packed the trip with every stop possible – Chinatown, Fisherman’s Warf, Alcatraz, horseback riding in Pebble Beach, Monterey Bay to see humpback whales and Hearst Castle. One of the things Rozlyn remembers most – “You could smell broccoli in the distance,” she laughs.

The trip gave Rozlyn’s parents a first-hand understanding of what a dream can mean for a child. “It’s something special,” says Jeremy. “It shows kids that they’re important and their dreams matter.”