Sierra's Story - Mission of Giving
Sierra is a delightful teenage girl that loves fairies, music and being read to by family and friends. She is curious about life and squeals with delight when she hears or sees a familiar voice - especially if it is her sisters, or her Dad.
Sierra was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as an infant. Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain, most often before birth. Signs and symptoms appear during infancy or preschool years. In general, cerebral palsy causes impaired movement associated with exaggerated reflexes or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, abnormal posture, involuntary movements, unsteadiness of walking, or some combination of these. The effect of cerebral palsy on functional abilities varies greatly.
People with cerebral palsy often have other conditions related to
developmental brain abnormalities, such as intellectual disabilities, vision and hearing problems, or seizures. A broad spectrum of treatments may help minimize the effect of cerebral palsy and improve a person's functional abilities.
In addition to Cerebral Palsy, Sierra has cortical blindness, is a quadriplegic and has scoliosis so, severe it required a spinal fusion last year. Due to her long list of medical needs, Sierra has a nurse in her home seven days a week. Sierra's Dad is in the military and he has to travel frequently yet this family does their best to ensure Sierra's needs are being met.
Although Sierra is non verbal with the exception of a few words, she tries very hard to talk and to read along when she is being read to. Sierra enjoys being read to and working with puzzles and sensory play. She has a very sweet disposition and brings so much joy to those around her.
Sierra's is home schooled and she receives all of her therapy in the home setting. Sierra does not get out of the house much, with the exception of daily walks. Her bedroom is the place where she spends the majority of her day and night. Because her world is truly her home, Sierra was chosen for our Sweet Dream Room Makeover program. The team is proud to be able to provide Sierra a magical that will bring her joy and comfort for years to come!
Thank you Websense, Inc., the global leader in protecting organizations from the latest cyberattacks and data theft, for volunteering to be part of our Mission of Giving Program.
Websense is a constant supporter of Cecily's Closet and we're very grateful for their efforts. Since receiving our 501(c)(3) status in 2010 - Websense has been a valued contributor with not only funds, but with employee time and talent. The Service Committee listened to our vision and jumped on board! Thank you Websense for getting behind our mission and always delivering top-notch results!
Thank you Karla for leading the team at Websense on yet another amazing makeover! We're so grateful to all the volunteers (close to 30) that stepped up to shop, design, paint and decorate this space for sweet Sierra. Thank you also for the very generous donation that enabled the team to go above and beyond the normal scope of work for a Sweet Dream Room makeover! In addition to custom painted furniture, Websense provided a wheelchair ramp so Sierra could get in and out easily to the backyard and built a gazebo to protect her from the sun! Go Team! Led by Sue, Websense set-up a sewing station where they made custom blue bed rails for her hospital bed!
Thanks to Jon Ray at Paint
Green for once again painting a perfect room! We are so grateful for the service you provide the perfect paint job that you deliver every time! Thank you to Dunn-Edwards for providing the York Plum paint for Sierra'sroom makeover.
And thank you to San Diego Family
Magazine for donating so many toys for Sierra to enjoy!