The Monocacy Foundation awards dozens of grants every year to people with disabilities in our community. Here are just a few of the stories of some of our past grant recipients.
Greg was born with Alagille Syndrome, a rare genetic condition affecting various organs of the body and causing developmental disabilities. In Greg’s case, he was born with only one kidney. Concerned about the negative effect of weight gain on his kidney, his mom asked for a personal trainer for Greg. Since receiving grant funding for this service, Greg has lost a considerable amount of weight and is healthier than he has been for many years. He enjoys going to the gym where his trainer keeps him focused and motivated. Greg will graduate from the SUCCESS program in May 2019.
Rylee was only one year old when her mom asked the foundation for assistance with transportation costs. Due to her daughter’s medical condition, Rylee’s mom is unable to work, as she needs to provide care for her daughter and take her to numerous medical and therapy appointments in Frederick and Baltimore. While the family has a car, they needed assistance with insurance and tag renewal fees, and the Foundation happily granted this request.
Before graduating from Rock Creek School, Clark held a job at the FCPS warehouse where he shredded paper. On weekends and during school breaks, he still wanted to work and successfully “killed” several shredders at home. His mother asked the foundation to buy him a heavy-duty shredder so he could continue to work at home. Now Clark spends hours happily shredding paper for family and friends.
Connor loves to participate in community activities such as Special Olympics and extra curricular programs offered by SUCCESS. In the past, when he could not find transportation, he often missed out on these opportunities. More recently Connor discovered UBER, and he enjoys using this service, as it allows him to be independent and to meet many interesting individuals. The foundation provided UBER gift cards to Connor to assist him in accessing social and recreational activities in the community.