Michael Meets Goofy at Disney World

Michael, diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder and low-functioning (level 3) autism, enjoyed his Central Florida theme park trip where he was able to meet some of his favorite characters. Michael enjoyed a visiting the theme parks while staying in the LEGO cottage at the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village.

Thank you from Michael’s Family

“Thank you for giving Mikey this dream trip, he had a really good time. As a family, we went to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Universal Studios. We really enjoyed ourselves. The Sunshine Foundation really made us smile throughout the whole trip. Thank you so much for a wonderful week.” – Michael’s mother, Kathryn

See Video Highlights of Michael’s Trip

Michael’s Diagnosis

Michael has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial disorder and low-functioning autism. Mitochondrial disorder affects structures within each cell in making energy. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined by the CDC as “a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain.” Autism affects each person differently, and their ability to function can vary significantly. Low-functioning autism is a term used to define children and adults with the most severe form of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


We are very grateful to the All-Volunteer Joan “Jake” Miller Memorial Chapter for answering Michael’s dream come!

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