Meet Kory, one of our Dream On 3 recipients!
Kory: Kory is an 8 year old who had a rough start in life at no fault of his own. He was born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and was placed into foster care. At 12 months he was placed in a foster home with his now adoptive mother, Kathi. As Kory got older, he began to struggle behaviorally and academically. He was seen at The Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics of the Carolinas, and was diagnosed with a Global Developmental Delay and ADHD. Despite his struggles, Kory is quite the athlete and social butterfly! Sports have been a great outlet for him. His bedroom is full of all things sports…baseball gloves, WWE posters, drawings of NBA players, and more.
Referral Partner: Kory was referred to us by his Doctor, Dr. Stegman, from The Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics of the Carolinas (affiliated with Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital at CMC-Northeast).
His Dream: Kory’s sports Dream was to “hit a baseball so hard it goes over the fence” and meet ANY Yankees player. We took him to the Yankees Spring Training in Tampa, where he was able meet and play with several players, attend a Yankees game, and he even hit the ball over the fence three times! Kory was also able to meet Hall of Famer, Reggie Jackson, and attend the game in VIP fashion.
Kory’s Dream was led by our volunteer Dream Experience Leader, Mike Dascal! Mike has been a huge supporter of DO3. He planned and hosted two Crossfit fundraisers which together raised over $13,000 to go towards funding our mission.
There are several people and organizations we would like to thank for making this Dream Experience possible:
The New York Yankees
CiCi’s Pizza of Kannapolis
The Hard Rock Cafe, Tampa
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers