Helping Hand: Smiles4Theresa, woman battles rare disability
SARASOTA - Theresa McMillan calls this the pink room. It’s her room, and it’s her favorite one in the house.
“And it makes me feel happy and I just love it,” says McMillan.
The pop of color made possible by members of the community who came together to spruce up Theresa’s home with some much needed paint and minor renovations, which is nearly impossible for McMillan to accomplish on her own due to her physical and financial limitations.
“I am so grateful, I feel very blessed," says McMillan.
McMillan was born with Moebius syndrome, which is a rare disability that affects the muscles in your face. For her, character themes from The Wizard Of Oz have been her life-long motto,
“It reminds me of life and how we go through life and we need courage, and a brain and a heart,” says McMillan.
There is more to be done in McMillan’s Sarasota home. Friends say things like a new refrigerator, a washer, flooring that is in dire need of repair are still on the agenda for fixing. They began a GoFundMe to help Theresa, and we here at SNN wanted to be a part of that solution. That’s why we’re making McMillan our July Helping Hand recipient sponsored by Carl Reynolds Law.
“We’d like to hand you thins check for a thousand dollars to help with renovations and things and just share your joy and your lovely smile on the inside with everyone,” says Reynolds.
McMillan has made it her mission to teach others about her disability. She runs her website initiative, full of her creative writings, to raise awareness and spread compassion.
“Even though I look different, especially my facial disability people think that I am not normal, but I am normal if you just talk to me,” said McMillan.
You can still donate to help with Theresa’s home repairs on her GoFundMe page.