Make Promises Day At Frontier City For Disabled Oklahomans

Sunday, October 16th 2011, 5:53 pm
By: News 9

Deanne Stein,

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thousands of people headed out to Frontier City's FrightFest on Sunday, including a special group of people. Disabled children and adults were offered a discounted rate of $12 to the amusement park during Make Promises Happen Day.

Make Promises Happen is a camp and travel program for people with disabilities. Sunday's event was a chance for many of them to put their limitations aside and enjoy a few thrills and chills, just like anybody else.

Joyce Martin's son Jason is a quadriplegic. While his cognitive skills are in tact, she said he's only hindered by his physical abilities. However, it didn't stop him from riding the rides at Frontier City.

"It's a wonderful thing for him to be out in the community and enjoy what other people get to do," said Martin. "We strive to not only help him have a great time, but also help him to teach other people about disabilities."

A group from the Oak Ridge Home in Wewoka also enjoyed the amusement park. Around 25 disabled adults from the home attended.

"We just try every year to get them out of the building," said Pat Brumley, a caregiver from the Oak Ridge Home. "They like the rides and they like to walk around."

Through the Make Promises Happen program, disabled people ages six and older are provided outdoor recreational opportunities including weekend and weeklong camping events at Central Christian Camp. It also provides Adventure Trips such as the day at Frontier City and even ski trips to Colorado and beach trips to south Texas.

A portion of the Make Promises Happen ticket sales Sunday will be donated back to the program.

Find out more about the Make Promises Happen program or how you can volunteer.