Nathan's Garage Sale
More than anything, Nathan wanted to be able to ride a bike. Living with cerebral palsy, this simple act performed by kids all across the country seemed like an unattainable dream. When he was 16 years old, Nathan found out that the Sunshine Foundation of Canada would make his dream come true. Soon after, he received a brand new tandem adaptive bicycle and while still accompanied by his Mom on bike rides, the independence and freedom that it afforded him was beyond anything he could have imagined.
Following that first day with his new bike, Nathan became determined to ‘pay-it-forward’ so that kids all across Canada who were also living with severe physical disability or life-threatening illness could have their Sunshine Dreams come true. Together, Nathan and his Mom decided that the best way for Nathan to actively participate in raising funds for Sunshine would be to host a garage sale. Nathan put his heart and soul into it - sending out emails to let everyone know about his big day. Their friends and family pitched in and they even had a French fry truck on site to serve food and refreshments. Nathan set his goal to raise $500 at his sale. The community rallied and his sale raised $1,300! Nathan's smile that day brought tears to his Mom’s eyes as he beamed with pride for what he had accomplished.
Inspired by Nathan’s spirit and determination, Sunshine expanded Nathan’s fundraising idea, launching an initiative officially called Nathan’s Garage Sale. 2016 was the first year of this intiative for Sunshine, inviting friends, families, and supporters from across Canada to host their own "Nathan's Garage Sale" to help Nathan ‘pay-it-forward’. 10 enthusiastic event hosts said yes from St. John’s, NL to Sudbury, ON, raising over $10,000 to support Sunshine Dream Programs.
Nathan’s Garage Sales in 2017 will run from May through to the end of July and will be expanding even further to include community organizations and businesses across the country. Sunshine would like to give a special thank you to Nathan and his family for their generosity of spirit and their dedication to making Sunshine Dreams come true for more kids. You are a true inspiration.