Claudia Paoletti & Family
Claudia and her family are part of the Oak Grove Family YMCA.
On October 2010 our life was impacted when I received a phone call from my son’s doctor informing us of a cyst found on Vinny’s brain. From that day forward, our life was turned upside down and has never been the same. For years we have spent our time, money, energy, and focus on Vinny’s rehabilitation, since Vinny has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy and epilepsy; to name a few. The first three years of Vinny’s life were the most challenging and demanding, our schedule had at least one doctor or rehabilitation appointment per day. Through this journey, my husband and I did not realize that our daughter was feeling neglected.
Luckily, my Mother-in-law introduced us to the YMCA’s services. The Y has been a great support and social group for my daughter, Natalia. She has made new friends, enjoyed sleepovers, and will soon venture off on her third year of camp, which she looks forward to every year. Being able to see my daughter meet new people and have the staff put a smile on her face is priceless. The Y, as well as soccer, has helped shift the focus to Natalia. The Y has been amazing at coordinating events for children. Although Vinny cannot walk, he also enjoys every event and participates as much as he can.
Our family is fortunate enough to take advantage of the services the Y offers. Without financial assistance, since I have been unable to work, Natalia would not be able to enjoy the programs the Y offers. Thank you to the staff, the parents, the donors, the children, and everyone involved in this non-profit organization. Every person, one way or another, has positively contributed in changing our lives.
Claudia Paoletti and Family