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Review for Abilities United, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My journey to Abilities United began over six decades ago when my parents had a baby boy, my brother. Shortly, before he turned on, he was diagnosed with congenital brain damage, a fluke of nature, the doctors advised. Two years later another baby boy arrived and,sadly, nature repeated itself. The boys lived short lives, succumbing to pneumonia. Looking back, I cannot imagine how my parents managed without the warm embrace and skilled services of a Chicago-based Abilities United, But there was no such agency. Little did my husband and I know that Abilities United would be standing by when our daughter delivered our first grandchild , three months prematurely. Fortunately, that tiny boy swam early on at the agency's Betty Wright Swim Center. Now he is a strapping 18 year old freshman in college! Our family will remain involved with Abilities United forever.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Please see my detailed story above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have our superb executive director, Lynda Steele, live forever!

Role:  Volunteer & board member 6 years, major gifts committee 15 years, co-dahired the Authors Luncheon with my daughter, raising over $200,000 and see above .