Following your Dreams

A dream to attend the Scotties Tournament with her grandfather, opened up a new world of friends for Gabby
Sunshine Foundation

Following your Dreams

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Gabby is a chatty honour roll student with a big smile and dimples. Family is important to her. She cheers her brother on in hockey and “she has her grandfather wrapped around her finger,” her mom, Tracey, says happily. “She knows he is always there for her.”

Gabby“She loves watching curling with her grandparents,” says Tracey, “and cheering on Team Jones from Winnipeg even though everyone else is cheering on Saskatchewan.”

When Gabby found out that she could have a dream fulfilled by Sunshine through her rehabilitation social worker, she knew she wanted to attend the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts with her family, especially her grandfather. So, Sunshine flew Gabby, her parents, brother and grandfather to Montreal. Sunshine made sure that Gabby, who lives with cerebral palsy, had the perfect hotel in downtown Montreal to accommodate her needs, with her grandfather staying just down the hall.

The Scotties Tournament runs for nine days every year with curlers across the country competing for the gold medal. Sunshine provided Gabby and her family with tickets for the entire tournament, so they could see every single game and meet the curlers, like the skip for Team Manitoba, Chelsea Carey.

When Gabby met Team Manitoba, Carey signed her Scotties jersey and gave it to Gabby. “All the curlers were so giving and open,” says Tracey. “Even the curling families would come up to make sure we got a picture with their teams and their girls.”

Gabby’s Sunshine Dream has given her the confidence to begin making her own plans to travel to the 2015 Scotties Tournament with her grandfather and great aunt. “Gabby has so many new and wonderful lifelong friends and looks forward to seeing them again next year.” Tracey was heartfelt about what the dream meant to her family.“Inclusion is so important to us. Being able to follow your dreams and always wanting more for yourself.”