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Philadelphia Flyers Alumni help answer child’s dream

$4,000 was donated to the Sunshine Foundation to help 5-year-old Madilyn Cook go to Disney World and meet Cinderella

On the fifth day of the Flyers Alumni Association’s 12 Days of Christmas campaign, president Brad Marsh presented a check for $4,000 to Kate Sample, president of the Southampton-headquartered Sunshine Foundation.

Founded 45 years ago in Philadelphia, the foundation makes the dreams come true of children, ages 3-18, who have severe or profound physical/developmental/intellectual challenges or trauma from physical/sexual abuse, and whose families cannot fulfill their children’s requests due to financial hardships. Working with hundreds of children across the United States at any given time, the foundation is dedicated to the needs of these children and their families, along with fulfilling their fondest dreams.

Madilyn Cook, 5, who deals with the struggles of cerebral palsy, is an energetic and happy youngster. Her dream is to go to Disney World with her family and meet the Disney princesses, especially Cinderella. The Flyers Alumni’s donation will enable the foundation to make Madilyn’s dream come true. Madilyn’s mom said, “Madilyn is so happy and brings smiles to everyone she meets. She can’t walk but tries so hard at everything. She gives it her all every day. Hopefully, with all of her hard work, one day she will walk.”

Marsh said, “The Sunshine Foundation is an outstanding charity that brings a lot of happiness to the lives of children who may not have life-threatening medical conditions, but deal with severe and permanent challenges. We are honored to be able to do something on behalf of Madilyn as part of our 12 Days campaign. I know she’ll have an awesome time at Disney World. The purpose of our 12 Days is for the Alumni to support local charities and individuals and families in need. We admire the work that the Sunshine Foundation has done for 45 years and will continue to do. We wanted to do a little something to assist their mission.”

Visit sunshinefoundation.org for more information.

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