The Darren Fund
"How 'bout be happy!"
HONORING THE SPIRIT OF DARREN
It was Darren’s never-ending smile and happiness that filled the hearts of Anne Marie and John with joy when they welcomed him into their family. That joy led them to establish the Darren FUNd in 2007 at Pathlight.
The FUNd’s purpose is to afford others served by Pathlight's Shared Living program opportunities that are fun and bring them joy.
Over the years, the FUNd has fulfilled this intention in a variety of ways, including vacations trips to Disney World, Arizona, and New Hampshire, therapeutic horseback riding lessons, classes at the Jewish Community Center, membership at the local YMCA, a week at Camp Horizon, music lessons, and the purchase of iPads.
Since Darren’s death in 2014 from Early Onset Alzheimer’s, the FUNd has taken on a new meaning.
Sadly, it is now a tribute to his life, and a way to honor his spirit.
Please join us in remembering and honoring Darren’s memory and ensuring that others will receive the gift of happiness and fun.
Thank you to Vermont Mutual Insurance Group’s Charitable Giving Fund!
We want to say a big thank you to Vermont Mutual Insurance Group’s Charitable Giving Fund for awarding $5,000 to The Darren FUNd! Over the years, The Darren FUNd has helped many individuals in Pathlight’s Shared Living and Adult Family Care programs have experiences -- ranging from once-in-a-lifetime trips, to the everyday kind like a membership to the local Y -- that they wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.
Plain and simple, The Darren FUNd is there to support whatever it is that makes people happy. With the help of this grant, we can now bring joy to even more men and women. Thank you once again, Vermont Mutual for spreading smiles!