Zackary’s Once in a Lifetime Trip

Zackary’s dream came true when the Sunshine Foundation gifted the 11-year-old a dream trip to the Sunshine State. Zackary and his family visited the Disney World Parks and Universal Studios.

A word from the family

“My family and I wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts! This trip, especially for a family as large as ours, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that most can only dream of. Despite multiple disabilities, Zackary truly immersed himself in the full Disney experience and found his purest joy! This is something every mother hopes their child will find, and the Sunshine Foundation made it all possible. The funding allowed us to stay in a completely themed house with full amenities and a much safer environment during these trying times. Our week began at The Animal Kingdom, where he was able to see all the wild creatures on Kilimanjaro’s Safari. On Wednesday, we went to the Magic Kingdom, where Zack met his favorite character of all, Mickey Mouse! On Friday, we finished the week strong at Universal Studios. I’m not sure who loved Universal more, Zack or his sister Kayla, when they met several characters in Dr. Seuss land. This was definitely a trip we will never forget! Thank you again for making this possible. Your foundation is truly amazing, and we love the work you are doing!” – Anne, Zackary’s mother

Zackary’s Diagnosis

Zackary has Trisomy 21, also known as Down Syndrome. He is also deaf and suffers from Hashimoto thyroid. According to the CDC, Down Syndrome “is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome.” The extra chromosome can result in hearing and thyroid issues as well as delayed development and distinct facial differences.


Zackary’s Dream was made possible thanks to the Sunshine Foundation and a generous anonymous donor.

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