Sydney came into this world as a precious gift. A gift of love to her parents, a gift of friendship to all those lucky enough to have known her, a gift of courage and hope to all those that will continue to be moved by her memory. When we think of Sydney, we remember her infectious smile, her bubbly personality, her charm and wit, and most of all, her determination and will to live every day to the fullest. She inspires us to live fearlessly, to embrace every wonderful moment and really experience it. She inspires us to love each other despite our limitations and to help one another. She was always defined not by her disability but by all that she had to offer the world – she always wanted to know “how can I help?” She had a wonderful capacity for giving. If only we could all try and see ourselves and others the way Sydney did. She will continue to inspire us to live and love and to never give up. Sydney came into our lives bright and brilliant – forever changing us all….We love you and miss you, Sydney, with all of our hearts. Thank you for the gift of your presence in our lives….it was truly a privilege to know you. ~Kathleen Salus
This beautiful tribute was written by SMA Mom Kathleen Salus. The Salus and Potjer families were extremely close and Kathleen’s daughter Sophia and Sydney were the best of friends. Sydney will be missed by our entire community. May we all learn life’s lessons through the teachings of this beautiful SMA Angel. In memory of Sydney, $1580.00 was donated to The 200 campaign.