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Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe 51 years have gone by since our daughter Christina was born.

As first time parents we were overjoyed. Then, at three weeks old, Christina contracted meningitis and our lives changed drastically. No one could tell us what to expect. Thankfully, our doctor referred us to UCP’s Children’s Center.

This began our 50+ year relationship with UCP of Long Island.

When we first arrived at UCP’s Children’s Center, they “took charge” and were immediately supportive. They helped us find pediatric testing facilities, therapy services, play groups, and parent workshops to guide us through those first terrifying days. I’ll always be grateful for our first speech therapist, who lovingly worked with Christina and taught her to use her tongue and mouth muscles. This enabled her to eat well. Proper nourishment has helped our daughter live the long, healthy life we feared might never be possible.

UCP changed everything for our family.

Christina continued to do well and our family grew. We welcomed Dianne and Brian, who lovingly nicknamed their big sister “Nini”– she’s been Nini ever since. As Nini grew, her needs changed and we found a comprehensive residential care program to better support her growth and learning. With her siblings excitedly in tow, we visited on weekends.

Then Nini moved in to a nearby UCP residence.

Today Nini lives in a beautiful, fully accessible UCP home. UCP staff enthusiastically attend to her every need: medications, nutritious meals, personal care, recreation, and so much more. She is comfortable, safe and surrounded by people who genuinely care about her. Thanks to UCP’s staff, Nini attends our family gatherings, both formal and informal. She attended the weddings of both of her siblings – UCP staff has been paramount to these efforts and we are so grateful.

Over the years it has often felt as if we’ve been on a roller coaster, with many ups and downs. Thankfully, UCP has been along for the ride, always caring for Nini and providing constant support.

For 70 years, UCP of Long Island has helped individuals to live a Life Without Limits. For Nini, that equates to a life of comfort and happiness for her – and peace for our whole family.

Please consider making a donation to UCP of Long Island today…

Together we can ensure that all individuals with disabilities receive the support they need to live a Life Without Limits.

Thank you! Please accept my best wishes for a happy, healthy 2021!


Kathy Knott

UCP Parent


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