Inspired to be active in his community
“We were talking with Quinlyn about his birthday—how we should celebrate and what presents he would like,” says Jessica.
“We explored the idea that there’s really nothing he needed and that we are very fortunate. As we brainstormed a few ideas, Quinlyn decided he would love to have his friends buy toys for local children who were sick, instead of buying toys for him.”
After discussing different opportunities to donate toys, Quinlyn landed on Fairview Lakes, his local hospital.
“He thought that was a great idea,” says Jessica. “He really relates with kids his age who are in the hospital. What better way to cheer them up?”
A donation personal to him
“In some of his baby pictures, he is wearing a mask because we needed to nebulize him. It made the gift-giving even more personal for him,” she says.
“We had his birthday party at a bounce house gym. The woman who was the coordinator saw the presents and assumed they were for Quinlyn. It was such an awesome moment. She said, ‘OK Quinlyn, here are your presents to open.’ He looked at her and said, ‘These aren’t presents for me; these are presents for sick kids in my community,’” says Jessica.