Donaco Medical Supply, a family-owned company specializing in urological products and located in Woodstock, is hosting a Valentine’s Ball February 14th from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Olde Towne Athletic Club in East Cobb to benefit the Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation and BlazeSports America, two nonprofit organizations that serve people with disabilities. The Valentine’s Ball will be an all- inclusive event with both able-bodied attendees and attendees with disabilities.
Donaco Medical Supply was founded by Darlene Donald after her daughter, Cindy, sustained quadriplegia when she was lying in her driveway sun bathing and her father, Jerry, came home from work but did not see her. With quadriplegia, Cindy must use catheters to empty her bladder. After learning about catheters for seven years, Cindy’s mother, Darlene, founded Donaco Medical Supply.
Cindy’s experience with physical therapy and insurance limits on therapy led her to create a nonprofit organization she named the Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation. The nonprofit awards monetary grants to patients who are recovering from a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury so they can receive extended physical therapy.
BlazeSports America is the legacy of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and provides adaptive sports for children and veterans with physical disabilities. Cynthia Frisina is the Executive Director and has a teenage daughter with cerebral palsy who is training for the Paralymics in track and field.
As a fully-inclusive event, there will be participants, as well as attendees, at the Ball who have disabilities. Full Radius Dance is a dance company in Atlanta with professional dancers who use their wheelchairs in their performance. There will be dancers from Full Radius Dance to perform at the Valentine’s Ball. In addition, the disc jockey hired for the event was born with cerebral palsy.
The event is made possible by a generous donation from Donaco Medical Supply, several sponsors, and individual ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at http://2018valentinesball.eventbrite.com/?s=80939752. Several sponsors have purchased tickets and donated them to participants of BlazeSports America. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Holly CothranDrake at firstname.lastname@example.org.