Even in the midst of the most trying of circumstances, people still can make a positive difference in so many lives. Such is the case of the husband and wife team of Gordon and Maggie Hartman.
According to the article Ticket to Ride in the October 4, 2010 People Magazine written by Alicia Dennis, “Thirteen years ago doctors told Gordon and Maggie Hartman that their only child, Morgan had severe cognitive delays, and in that split second all their dreams for their daughter changed”.
As a result of that reality they decided they wanted to do something for children and adults with special needs. In honor of their now 16 year old daughter, Morgan, San Antonio now boasts of a 25-acre amusement park. It is appropriately called Morgan’s World. It caters to those with special needs.
What makes this park unique is that it costs nothing for visitors with special needs. Rides are wheelchair accessible.
As a retired investor Gordon knew how to secure substantial amounts of money from investors and donors. He put down $1.5 million of his own money. He intends to have fund-raising events to pay off the remaining funds of this $33 million park.
Morgan and her friends give it high marks and rave reviews. She is tickled that the park is named after her.
Gordon and Maggie Hartman you looked far beyond just the needs of your daughter. By your opening this park, you are letting so many children and adults with special needs have the opportunity to have the time of their lives.
And because of this I am so pleased to doubly honor you as today’s American Hero and Shero. May God Bless this marvelous work you have done.
People Magazine, October 4, 2010 edition, pages 140-41