If you’re in the Holiday ‘Spirit’ this weekend, you just might want to grab the family and head out just a short ways to Frisco, to help a young 9-year-old boy who would benefit immensely from your love and support. This young man caught our attention because he’s a fighter and we were uber-impressed with the efforts that his friends and family are putting forth combating Cerebral Palsy.
This weekend, Friday through Sunday (weather depending), you can check out the fabulous light display along with Santa and his Elves. Please make sure to plan to park appropriately and do not block any of the neighbors driveways and entrances.
They will be selling hot chocolate and baked treats for any amount you choose to donate to benefit a special little friend of ours! “JoJo”. He’s a beautiful, special 7 year old little boy with a heart as big as Texas! He will be going through many surgeries and new therapies in 2019. Any money donated will help his beautiful family with medical and travel expenses! They will have hot chocolate, cookies, brownies and some others lovely cakes that you can purchase. If you are not into anything sweet…please feel free to support.
The Burkman family in Frisco have been doing Holiday displays for the past 18 years. The adventure started when their 2 year old son became fascinated with lights and sound. Alex was taking apart and reassembling anything electronic at the age of two. Alex was diagnosed with Autism while he was in preschool. He remained fascinated with lights…specifically Christmas lights. He put together his first light display at the age of 9. His display has grown from 500 lights to well over 40,000 lights. The family all pitches in: Mom (Jennifer) designs the display and hot glues over 5000 lights, Grandpa (Gene/Santa) is the General Contractor, Jack (brother) is the photographer/parking patrol elf, Dad (Corey) makes sure life goes on for the family by keeping the house running and pitching in when needed, while Alex is the Electrical Genius that makes all of those lights come alive.
He even installed another electrical panel in the garage to handle all those lights! Every weekend in December, the family is outside ready as Santa and the Elves handing out candy canes and hot chocolate. The magic mailbox near the toddler size Gingerbread house is for local kids to mail a letter to Santa and even get a personalized response. The 200 piece train village in the garage is the newest piece this year along with more selfie stations. They have already hosted over 3000 visitors in the month of December and handed out over 1500 cups of hot chocolate and 1400 candy canes. The home placed 2nd in the 2018 Best Christmas Lights in Dallas contest.
The Burkman’s are familiar with living with disabilities. Their second son is also autistic and Jennifer (mom) has lived with MS for the past 7 years. Knowing the struggles emotionally and financially of living with disabilities, they have decided to take the popularity of their holiday home and seize the opportunity to give back. This weekend, the Burkman’s will be providing hot chocolate and cookies (also will have other baked goods for sale), in return they are asking for any donation that visitors can make to help support a local family.
Jonathan “JoJo” Solorzano was born at 32 weeks and suffered a bilateral brain bleed resulting in hydrocephalus. At 1 years old, he was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. He is non-verbal and wheelchair bound. His parents, Rubian and Gabriela work incredibly hard to ensure that JoJo receives the best medical care and therapy but as JoJo gets older, the medical bills become higher. Not to mention the time it takes to be present at school, therapy, doctor appointments and many upcoming surgeries. In January, JoJo will be having a g-tube placed to help him gain weight. This summer he will have hip surgery and many months of rehab and occupational therapy. They are hoping to be able to go through therapy to help him take steps after surgery and then will work on getting a communication device. The family would love to upgrade a conversion to their van and other pieces of equipment to support his therapies.