Zachary Harper (Sunshine Foundation)

Arkansas Boy With Special Needs Gets His Dream Trip To Atlanta Aquarium

Zachary Harper (Sunshine Foundation)
Zachary Harper (Sunshine Foundation)

Zachary Harper of Arkansas was recently granted a dream from the Sunshine Foundation for a family trip to Atlanta. Zachary lives with the challenges of low-functioning (Level 3) autism, epilepsy, and sensory processing disorder.  

“Zachary enjoyed his trip to Atlanta. He enjoyed the accommodations at the hotel and that it was walking distance to the aquarium. He was so calm and engaged throughout the aquarium and enjoyed it so much. We saw the sites and had his favorite foods while there too. We are very thankful for this opportunity and will forever cherish the memories of this experience. Thank you,” said Zachary’s mother, Jennifer of Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Sunshine Foundation answers dreams to children with life-long chronic conditions such as: spina bifida, cerebral palsy, profound low-functioning (Level 3) autism, Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, severe epilepsy, Sickle Cell Disease, blindness, deafness, trauma from abuse, and others.

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To make these dreams a reality for children that may be turned away from other wish-granting organizations that require a life-threatening or critical diagnosis, Sunshine Foundation relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations, and corporations. Zachary’s “Dream Come True” was made possible through the Sunshine Foundation’s Annual RunWalkBark4Dreams 5K event.

The most common request is a Magical Dream to visit Disney World, Legoland, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios while choosing to stay at the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village near Disney. Sunshine Foundation also answers Special Dreams: shopping sprees, computers and iPads, outdoor playsets, above ground swimming pools, family trips, cruises, adaptive tricycles and other special needs equipment, plus many more.

Since 1976, Sunshine Foundation has spread Sunshine into the lives of more than 41,900 children throughout the United States. For more information or to make a donation, please visit

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