By Regie Hamm, Founder of the Angel Wings Foundation


Last year, the Angel Wings Foundation hit upon a novel idea. How about giving someone a vacation? Someone who could really use it …someone who deserves it …someone who might actually need it to re-set their lives. Well, we did just that and it worked out better than we could’ve ever imagined.

So this year we’re doing it again! One deserving Angelman family will win an all expense paid vacation to a music and wine event in Napa, California called “Live In The Vinyard.”

We realize that this isn’t scientific research or new breakthrough therapy techniques or an awareness campaign. All of those things are certainly vital and crucial to our collective journey as Angelman parents. We cheer them on and support them wholeheartedly. But we at the Angel Wings Foundation want to wrap our arms around the Angelman community and give hugs wherever and whenever we can. We know how fatiguing constant caregiving can be. We also know how isolating it can be for the Angel to only see the same people day in and day out. So this “Angel Week Off” is just as much for the Angels as it is for the parents.

We will send in a male and female caregiver to the family’s home to give the Angel a week off as well. Activities will be planned every day that don’t include mom and dad. After all, everybody needs a break from mom and dad sometimes. Besides, mom and dad will be getting a massage or golfing or horseback riding or drinking wine and listening to music somewhere in Northern California!

So here’s what you do …write an essay (500 words or less) describing your Angelman journey. We all have one and they are all deserving of a great vacation. But we can only do one at a time right now …sorry. An all-star panel of judges will read the entries and narrow them down to a top 5. The they will re-read them and ONE family will win the vacation.

Email your essay to:

The panel consists of people from Make-A-Wish, Best Buddies, Special Olympics, Angelman Today and one board member from the Angel Wings Foundation. I don’t read them. I just get to call you and tell you you’ve won …I love that part.

All entries must be in by Thanksgiving Day, 2015. A winner will be chosen and announced on Christmas Eve …what a great Christmas gift! Then, we will start making arrangements for the vacation that will take place in April of 2016. A family member or designated care giver (in charge) must be present with our caregivers. So keep that part in mind. Safety first!

Last year’s winners, Mary and Rory, were so moved by the experience they have asked if they can donate to this year’s winner. I think that speaks for itself. They sent this video to encourage everyone to enter.

Hopefully one day, we’ll be able to do this many times a year. But for this year, we can’t wait to read the entries and award some amazing Angel family a break and a time they will never forget.

We love you all. Now get to writing!