Thursday, March 1, 2018

A mother’s hope

As state lawmakers are considering whether to raise the cap on Oklahoma's successful tax-credit scholarship program, I wanted to pass along (with permission) this heartwarming letter from one mom who is urging lawmakers to vote yes. She writes:
I am writing in support of the tax credit scholarship program and urge you to support increasing the cap on the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act to provide the opportunity for private donors to create more scholarships for lower-income families. Please VOTE YES on SB 1384. 
And here is why... My daughter Hope was diagnosed with partial Trisomy 13 shortly after birth, she was a micro premie and she suffered weak lungs as an infant. She has vision and hearing loss as well as a VP shunt. I stayed home with her as long as I could, but I needed to return to work and needed to find the best place to care for and educate her. We had no idea what kind of communication Hope would be capable of. We found all of our answers through Happy Hands Education Center, but without our OSF scholarship, we could not afford to attend this school. My family has benefited so much from this scholarship. More families need this scholarship opportunity. Please vote yes!

Attached are pictures of Hope. She is now 5 years old and doing more than we could have ever imagined. Thank you!


Valarie Cannon

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