Deserving Alpharetta boy receives FSU room makeover from Sunshine on a Ranney Day non-profit
On a recent sunny Saturday, Kyle, an 11-year-old Alpharetta boy, received the surprise of his short life! The ultimate Florida State Seminole’s football fan, Kyle had his bedroom totally renovated by the non-profit, Sunshine on a Ranney Day, to resemble the FSU locker room.
Kyle was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and is gradually losing muscle strength throughout his body. He is now confined to a wheelchair, which has made it more difficult to do things independently.
Local businesses, including Mohawk Flooring, Angela Means Design, Reliable Heating & Air, and others, came together to transform a downstairs bedroom in Kyle’s home into “Coach Kyle’s Room.” The bedroom and adjoining bathroom are now totally wheel chair accessible.
Kyle’s father played football at FSU and Kyle dreams about coaching his beloved Seminoles. To help him feel more like a coach, there are signed Florida State memorabilia throughout the room. He even got a surprise message from Coach Jimbo Fisher, who offered to give Kyle a VIP game day experience at one of the games this year.
At the room renovation reveal, one of the biggest surprises for Kyle was being welcomed by one of his heroes, Warrick Dunn. Dunn is a Florida State legend who went on to have an outstanding 12-year career in the NFL, spending most of his time with the Atlanta Falcons.
When asked why he wanted to be a part of this event, Dunn answered simply. “I was taught to give back. It was ingrained in me. I feel responsible for paying back all that was given to me and my family one hundred-fold.” And then he added, “Plus, I like to see people smile. I like to make their day brighter.”
Dunn is no stranger to giving back. He established Warrick Dunn Charities during his playing career and has continued to give back to that endeavor ever since. His “Homes for the Holidays” has provided homes for 150 economically-disadvantaged families over the last 20 years!
It was a natural fit for Dunn to team up with Sunshine on a Ranney Day. The organization, founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney, renovates homes for children with special needs, like Kyle, and helps to restore hope to the whole family along the way. They have created partnerships with local companies and donors and offer these room makeovers at no cost to families.