BANGOR – Cynthia Giles Sudheimer went to be with her Lord Feb. 9, 2006. She was born June 8, 1940 in Bangor, to Byron and Matilda Giles. She left this world of sorrow and pain to run on streets of gold. Although polio paralyzed her legs at the age of 14, she worked tirelessly as an advocate for persons “differently abled.” Cynthia and her husband, Bob, were pioneers of the Alpha-One home based care program and were founders of the Maine Action Coalition, providing affordable transportation for the disabled. Cynthia served on the board of directors of Alpha-One, Maine Independent Living Service and Maine Adaptive Sports. She served on the Governor’s Independent Living Council, held Alpha-One peer support meetings and Post Polio Syndrome support meetings. She was a member of the Good News Gospel Team and ministered in area nursing homes for seven years. Most recently she was founder of the Etna Pond Accessible Recreation Site, owned by her best friend, Susan Hoffman, which offers wheelchair fishing and is now dedicated to her memory. She is survived by her mother, Tillie Giles, who spent her life encouraging Cynthia to be all that she could be; one sister, Cathy; and two brothers, Dana and Dwight who reside in Florida. Special thanks to Sherry McClure for her 19 years of faithful service as her personal care attendant. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at her church, Beacon of Hope Church of God, 1612 Ohio St. Friends are asked to donate to her memorial fund rather than giving flowers owing to the season. She will be buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Orrington, in the spring. Arrangements by Greenlawn Funeral Directors.