How an iPad from Keeley’s Cause Transformed a Teen’s Life
A Remarkable Journey of Hope, Creativity, and Resilience
Interview with Cheryl [Jaymii’s Mum]
Words by Sasha Johnson
We at Keeley’s Cause have the privilege of witnessing incredible stories of transformation and hope, and we want you to have the chance to get to know more about our recipients. Today, we want to share with you the inspiring journey of Jaymii, a teenager who defied the odds and found new possibilities through an iPad generously sponsored by Officeworks, one of our valued supporters.
Jaymii’s extraordinary story is a testament to the profound impact that a simple device can have on a young person’s life.
Jaymii’s path has been marked by significant challenges. At just three years old, she was diagnosed with autism, which presented hurdles in her ability to connect with others and express herself. Despite these obstacles, Jaymii’s spirit remained resilient, and her family sought ways to support her in her journey.
Life had more challenges in store for Jaymii. At the age of 16, she received an unexpected diagnosis of duplicate chromosome 15 and epilepsy, bringing with it severe seizures and heightened concerns for her well-being. As her family navigated the complexities of her care, they couldn’t help but feel fear and worry. Jaymii’s mother, Cheryl, said, “Fear, confusion and worry for my daughter and the risk of what was going on and what had already been happening with the seizures terrified me. As a mum, I felt so lost and helpless. This has completely changed what Jaymiis life looks like, limited the activities she could do, places she could go, and always monitoring risks.”
Then, one fateful day while scrolling through social media, Cheryl stumbled upon Keeley’s Cause and said she was immediately drawn to our mission. They connected with the story of Keeley, who started Keeley’s Cause at a similar age to what Jaymii and her sisters were. Cheryl said “I loved the idea of what it was for and about.”
Jaymii’s family saw this opportunity of an iPad as a way to help Jaymii communicate but also follow her passion for digital art and expression.
Thanks to the generosity of our Sponsor, Officeworks, Jaymii received an iPad at the age of 17. Little did she know that this device would become a catalyst for transformation in her life.
The iPad became Jaymii’s sanctuary—a gateway to self-expression, creativity, and emotional support. Her passion for digital artistry has flourished, paving the way for a potential future career and providing an outlet for her thoughts and feelings. Beyond that, the iPad has become a trusted companion, helping Jaymii self-regulate her emotions and find solace during challenging moments.
The process of receiving the iPad from Keeley’s Cause was seamless and filled with excitement. I love that when they’re given the iPads, it’s such a celebration, and it builds it up so much to make these people feel special and like they deserve these iPads! – Cheryl
When the day arrived to present the iPad, it was a celebration of Jaymii’s resilience and a reminder of her inherent worthiness. We believe in creating moments of joy and making recipients feel special and deserving of this life-changing gift.
The impact of the iPad on Jaymii’s life has been immeasurable. It empowered her to communicate, express herself, and explore her artistic talents in ways that were previously unimaginable. The iPad has become a cherished security blanket, providing comfort and enhancing her overall well-being and opening potential opportunities to explore a career in digital art.
Jaymii’s story is a testament to the profound impact that Keeley’s Cause and our generous sponsors like Officeworks can have on the lives of children facing adversity. Through our collective dedication, children like Jaymii are given the tools they need to overcome obstacles and unlock their full potential.
If you have a story to share or know someone who could benefit from the assistance of Keeley’s Cause, we invite you to get in touch with us. Together, we can continue to create a brighter future for children in need, one iPad at a time.
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