There's double the love
when it comes to the Coleman family thanks to their three-year-old twins, Carley
and Casey better known as, "The Sunshine Sisters."
"I refer to the girls
as the sunshine sisters just because everywhere they go they spread a little
bit of sunshine," Cara Coleman, mother of the "Sunshine Sisters" said with a
Cara and Jonathan
already had two children when they were blessed with the twins three years ago and
they say it was a blessing that has taught them a lifetime of lessons.
"People say that God
gives these children to special families. I disagree. I believe that God gives
these children and makes the family special. They've really changed our lives.
They've instilled values into my other children that they will take with them
for life. Just sticking up for somebody. Having a shoulder to cry on if you
need it. Just being there for other people," explains Cara Coleman.
The Colemans know firsthand
what it's like for others to be there for them; they are very involved with FRIENDS,
an organization here in Dothan dedicated to supporting families that are
affected by Down syndrome.
FRIENDS has put on the
Buddy Walk for the past four years and this year they hoped to raise $75,000,
which would all stay in the Wiregrass to help families just like the Colemans.
The Colemans said the costs
can be difficult at times, but the rewards they receive far out shine any costs
"We have so many people
that come out and support us that touch our lives so much because they don't
have children with Down syndrome. They don't have Down syndrome. But they come
out and support our family and our friends," shared Coleman.
annual Buddy Walk took place this past weekend and was a huge success, but it's
not too late to contribute to this local organization. If you would like to do
so you can contact Alicia Sims at 334-699-1118.