Susy's mom died in a car accident just prior to her first birthday. Six months later, tragedy struck again when a 'near drowning' left Suzy with Acquired Cerebral Palsy - a developmental disability she and her father would live with forever. The following years were very challenging. They had difficulty finding services in North Durham for children who have barriers to learning.
Precious Minds, funded in part by RBC, was created to help families like Suzy's access the resources necessary to overcome some of their challenges. Conveniently located, the organization's Resource and Learning Centre fills a void for families in the Durham, York and Kawartha Lakes Regions. Precious Minds' Blaze Summer Camp program offers a unique camp experience for children and youth in the area with developmental disabilities. It offers families a fun, interactive, structured summer program and much needed respite. The camp is divided into three age-based programs that focus on social skills, comprehensive tasks, peer interaction and independence.
Suzie attended Blaze Summer Camp where she became more outgoing, made new friends, and learned leadership skills. Today, she is a confident 18-year old whose life has been enriched by the programs at Precious Minds.