“This tremendous blessing has forever changed our sweet Belle’s life & ours as her parents. We have always had the mindset of not letting her diagnosis define who she is & it limiting her ability to partake in all life has to offer. With the addition of the van we have been able to still keep up with her active schedule but now it is so much easier to get her out and about. We celebrated Thanksgiving with family in Perdido Key, Florida.
We also went on Belle’s dream trip, a Disney Cruise, provided by Dreams Come True. We were able to drive down to Orlando where the ship was porting out of in the van. We spent Christmas at home in Jacksonville, then traveled in style to Charleston, South Carolina where Caleb’s family is from for a post-Christmas celebration with his great big family. Unfortunately, a few days after returning back home to Jacksonville, Belle came down with a respiratory infection. We were admitted and turned into a 15-day hospital stay. But the great news is she got better and returned back to her baseline! We are so happy she is back to herself! She celebrated her 4th birthday on January 23rd with an art inspired birthday bash, which entailed painting on canvases with her cousins and friends at home in her 'art studio.'
We have been so honored to have been a recipient of this van by Chive Charities. It has allowed us to put our mind at ease in knowing that we have the ability to travel safely and let Belle experience all this life has to offer. We are forever indebted to your organization. And thank you for letting us share Belle’s journey. I know I am a little biased but she has forever changed my outlook on life. So, thank you for the opportunity for us to share our love we have for her. Thank you times a million from the Dunlap family.”