Dylan Singer, the first student enrolled at Potential’s Springtime School, would have been 26 years old this November. Although it’s been several years since he lost his battle with a rare genetic disease, a day doesn’t go by when he isn’t remembered at Potential.

In fact, a special room curated with Disney characters has been established at Potential in Dylan’s memory. Dylan’s mom, Cindy Singer, has started a match challenge to raise money to maintain the figures, which had been donated to Potential by the Disney Store at the Montgomery Mall when it closed. Prior to COVID, Cindy had worked with a nonprofit whose mission was to send families with children with Down’s syndrome to Disney as a respite. “Here I was, helping send families to Disney already,” she says. She loved the idea of a Disney-themed fundraiser for Potential and pledged up to $1,000 to match gifts. 

Even before Potential was founded, Kristine Quinby, Potential’s President and CEO, worked with Dylan in an early intervention program. He was an inspiration from the day she met him. “Dylan always found a way to smile, and even though he was nonverbal, he spoke volumes. He was a fighter and lived on his own terms,” says Cindy, a true fighter herself. 

When Dylan was older, and attending a private school, Cindy realized that his needs were not being met. She turned to Potential President Kristine who had known and worked with Dylan since he was a young boy. Together they fought to get through the paperwork necessary to certify the Springtime School in less than a year. “If it were not for Dylan, the Springtime School would not exist today,” says Kristine.

Join us in celebrating Dylan’s life. Donate to Cindy’s Match Challenge today.

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