Panera Bread’s “Change 4 Children” program joined with “Baking Memories 4 Kids” to send four local kids and their families to Orlando for some special vacations.
We were there Sunday as one teen and her family celebrated the upcoming trip to Disney World. 15-year-old Sarah Chapman is living with Type 1 Diabetes and Rett Syndrome, a developmental disorder that leaves her unable to speak and in a wheelchair.
The challenges of having a rare disorder and constantly monitoring insulin levels is hard on Sarah and her family. So Panera wanted to send them on a vacation to Disney World, where all the worry will be removed and everyone can enjoy themselves.
“This is something we could never do for her on our own. This is gonna be amazing. It means a lot to us to be able to,” said Todd & Alyson Chapman. “It’s undescribable, really. That’s how amazing it is.”
The other children who received special trips at events at Mid-South Panera Bread locations Sunday are 9-year-old Bailey Chase, 13-year-old Andrew Zona, and 15-year-old Jonah Taylor, all of whom have Type 1 Diabetes.
Since its creation, the Change 4 Children program has raised over $400,000 and surprised 21 Memphis-area families with dream vacations.