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Amy Muller: Make it “You Can”

Guest Blogger Amy Muller shares her National Ability Center experience.

About the blogger: The Marketing Director for Accessible Systems of Utah, Amy Muller loves to run, travel and is an adventure enthusiast. Her experiences have fueled her passion to help those with disabilities and the aging population lead independent lives at home and on the road. Amy, her husband Jameson and four daughters came to Park City and the National Ability Center in December of 2014 with the Help of the Make A Wish Foundation of Utah.

The National Ability Center turned what could have been a “so-so” vacation into dream getaway! Thank you so much for your support and love.

In December 2014 our family won a Christmas trip for two nights at the Marriott Hotel in Park City from the Make A Wish Foundation of Utah. We were so surprised and grateful that we were given this trip from a generous donor through Make a Wish. We had struggled for years and had not had any fun family vacations since our oldest daughter was paralyzed in 2011. We were very excited for a chance to get away; however, with the large medical bills, we wondered what we would be able to afford for activities to do while we were there. I called the concierge at the Marriott Hotel and explained the situation. Lori Cain and Susan Ring concierge team at The Marriott took care of us. Lori got a hold of her friends at the National Ability Center and the vacation plans took off!

The first day the National Ability Center arranged for us to all go dog sledding with Luna Lobos. Our family of six was bundled up with blankets and strapped into the dog sleds. We were given a beautiful ride through the snowy valleys near Kamas. Fernando Ramirez, the owner of Luna Lobos, taught us so much about the dogs and dog sledding. It was magical to be able to glide through the snowy wonderland with just the sound of the dogs barking with excitement. After that they arranged for us to go to the Crater at the Homestead Resort. Craig from the Crater arranged for us to have a private swim in the Crater hot springs. This underground hot spring cavern is one-of-a-kind!  The water temperature is at a steady 90 degrees and very comfortable to relax in.  They had equipment to help us stabilize our daughter in the water. They also helped us to lower our paralyzed daughter in and out of the deep turquoise water and everyone enjoyed this unique experience.

When so many say, “you can’t”, you find creative ways to make it “you can!”

Andrea Thompson from the National Ability Center was instrumental is arranging for us a day of skiing and lessons for our family to go skiing at Park City Mountain. The National Ability Center ski center had all the right equipment and experienced staff to support our daughter, who has quadriplegia, so that she could ski. Hunter Morton was our daughter’s ski instructor. He had amazing strength and technique as he was tethered to her to make her skiing experience possible. The staff also made our three other daughters feel so comfortable and successful on the slopes with private lessons for each of them. We were starving after skiing and they treated us to lunch at the resort restaurant. Later, that evening, the National Ability Center opened up the center after hours for us to have our own private rock climbing lessons. The whole experience couldn’t have been any more perfect! The National Ability Center turned what could have been a “so-so” vacation into a dream getaway!

Thank you so much for your support and love.  The care that we were given by the National Ability Center speaks highly of who you are and how you support families in our community.  When so many say “you can’t,” you find creative ways to make it “you can!”

Do you have an experience and want to share it? We would love to hear it!

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