Colleen Clarke Bucket List Wishes Inc. is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 foundation created in honor of Colleen Clarke to continue her unforgettable legacy of love, compassion and inspiring others.
Colleen lived life to the fullest, despite being born with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, and never let herself be defined by the limitations of her disability.
Knowing the progressive nature of her diagnosis, Colleen began her never-ending bucket list at 20 years old with simple activities and updated adaptive equipment, before expanding it to traveling extensively as much as she could. Colleen enjoyed planning and checking off each item, which kept her motivated to “just keep swimming” all while inspiring so many along the way.
Colleen may have been only 25 years old but she accomplished 100 years worth of fun, laughter and adventures. Her strong faith, positive attitude and perspective on life was a gift to all who knew her. Her spirit was infectious. People often gravitated to her, especially when experiencing difficult times or illness leaving feeling stronger and inspired … sometimes just to be better people.
Colleen’s incredible spirit remains ever present in our lives.
She has now inspired us to provide wishes to similar young adults with physical disabilities and life threatening diagnoses who may not have the support she had or be eligible to receive such wishes through other organizations that exist for younger children. Funds raised through our foundation will be used to help fulfill these wishes, enhance their quality of life and provide inspiration to “just keep swimming” — as she always did.