Respite care at Providence Child Center gives families under stress the gift of rejuvenation.

In November 2005, Cameron, his brother, Corey, and his parents had a dream come to life when they went to SeaWorld in Florida.

There, Cameron was a boy splashing in the water and taking in the sights. He wasn't Cameron, the boy with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy.

But there was another part of the story that came about after they returned home. "We admitted to ourselves that we were completely exhausted by that trip," explains Cameron's father, Stuart.

Stuart's honesty is disarming as he easily finds words to describe what was clearly an emotional and difficult experience. "The airports, the gear, the food, getting around, carting stuff around— it took everything out of us."

The respite program offers families who care for their special-needs child at home an opportunity to spend some time away from the child, knowing that outstanding care will be provided. It's time for family members to rejuvenate at home or on vacations, and time for the child to be in a different environment that is nurturing and fun.