Inspired Interview: Sunshine Durham

Sunshine Durham

When I was five my brother and I spent the summer in Wyoming at my grandmother’s cabin and a terrible accident happened. Jory and I were on the front porch playing a silly game, which entailed putting dirt on the porch and then sweeping it off with an old broom. I wanted a turn at sweeping so I tried to take the broom away from my brother. We moved into a tug-of-war over the old broom and it broke apart into two pieces. A small section of the broken broom flew directly into my left eye, puncturing it and blinding me instantly.

Over the next year and a half, we would see dozens of specialists and go through too many surgeries to keep count. My mom and I were spending a few days a week with our prosthetic eye doctor and we began to notice that there were many other families that had children with eye injuries in need of the same treatment I was receiving. It was sad to see so many children being turned away because they couldn’t afford the treatment.

We decided to start a little company called Sunshine’s Scarves and each scarf would have a hangtag on it, describing the need for prosthetic eye care for children and we would donate 50% of the profit to The Sunshine Foundation, a non-profit children’s charity that provides financial assistance and medical treatment programs to families with a child requiring a prosthetic eye. This was a monumental moment for us both, because all during the time I had lost my eye, my mom kept telling me that their was a purpose in this accident happening, she said we would have to be patient and wait for life to unfold the answer when the time was right.

For more information, please visit sunshinescarves.com.

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