Jim and Nancy Dornan have shared a passion of making a difference in people’s lives since they first met at Purdue University. A life event 30 years ago gave them a very unique opportunity to expand their passion to help children and adults dealing with brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Eric, Jim and Nancy’s son, was born with Spina Bifida in 1974. With more than 25 separate brain surgeries and many other medical challenges behind him, Eric reached adulthood with a serious need for ongoing care and support.
In the search for the right person, the Dornans met Fernando Ruelas. Fernando shared a passion for the disabled and disadvantaged. He believed in people’s potential. He always demanded excellence in all that he did. Fernando’s commitment to excellence enabled Eric to not only experience, but also excel in many pursuits that he never thought possible, including snow skiing, oil painting, and Power (wheelchair) Soccer.
At the young age of 30, Fernando was called to his heavenly home. Diagnosed with Leukemia, Fernando fought a short, but valiant fight for his life. “Our dream was always to do something together to help others in need”…thus, in 2002, the Fernando Foundation was launched.
Fernando was, and is, the original and on-going inspiration for God’s great plans and purposes.