When Claudette Marie Wilkinson Bryant learned that her youngest son Aaron had Down Syndrome, she was determined to help her child achieve a promising and productive life. She vowed to learn more about how her child, and others with developmental challenges, could live independently as adults. More than anything, she wanted to make sure that Aaron was well taken care of after she was gone.
Tragically, Claudette's life was cut short in an automobile accident. But her dream to provide quality living for disability challenged adults lives on thanks to her siblings-Victoria Hill, Linda Burroughs, Yvonne Goode, Donna Wilkinson-Broden, and George Wilkinson. Together they established the Claudette Wilkinson Bryant Memorial Fund to assist people with disabilities to transition into adulthood.
Grants from the Fund will provide for needed equipment, recreational activities, and other needs. Family members will advise grants from this donor advised fund in Genesee County and Dallas, Texas, where Aaron, now 28-years-old, resides.
"Our goal is to provide resources to organizations that provide living environments for developmentally challenged adults where independent living, personal growth, and dignity become reality," said George Wilkinson, who serves as vice-chair of the Community Foundation's board of trustees.
When asked what Claudette would think about her siblings preserving her legacy and dreams for the future, Linda Burroughs said, "She would be delighted!"