*****UPDATE**** The ABLE act has passed the House and the Senate and is now with the President to be signed. So many people have helped to pass it. I can say I started in 2010 when I went to the NDSS Buddy walk on Washington, so proud to be a part of it!!!*****
This last month I had a another speech at the Crouse College of Nursing and spoke about Gigi’s Playhouse and what the playhouse has to offer for the younger children and the program’s we currently have for the individuals that are older. I thought it went very well. They had questions that were pretty good.
Gigi’s Playhouse held their Anniversary party, it was a pretty good crowd that showed up to celebrate. The time has flown by!
I was asked to be a judge in a male contest called Mr. Pink for the second year. It was held at Pensabene’s Casa Grande to benefit Breast Cancer awareness. The judging was based on talent, beach wear, introductions and final questions. The winner from the year before got to crown this year’s Mr. Pink. It was a huge success and a lot of fun!
The beginning of November was of course election time. Last summer I was at a Chief’s game and met John Katko who was running for Congress. He gave me one of his shirts and we took a picture together. A couple of weeks before the election, we ran into him again at our Church Bazaar and he remembered me. We talked and he gave me his business card so I gave him mine. He said, a motivational speaker, you should be speaking for me, we laughed and he said he would talk to us later, I was with my parents. Then the Monday before the election, my mother and I left the house and drove to my Drama class. My Dad got home and there was a message on the machine. It sounded like a regular election call but it wasn’t. He was calling for me, he wanted to make sure that we got out to vote and said after the election he wanted to talk to me to be an advisor for him if he won. How cool is that. He won!! I know he is very busy now getting all set up in Congress so I am waiting to hear from him, it will be sweet.
I haven’t been blogging much because I had to write a paper for my class and take an exam so I really had to concentrate on that. I just finished my course at LeMoyne and I passed my final exam with 70 and now I am waiting for my final grade. I just found out my grade for the paper was a 23 out of 30 which is a 76. I had two awesome tutors that aided me in writing my paper, one was a writing tutor, her name was Hanna. My tutor Kate helped me get my homework done, get it in on time and making sure it looked good before handing it in or submitting it. She also helped with my paper. I couldn’t have done it without them. Nina my mentor was a huge help with my open book tests and extra credit and Jess taking the class with me. I am lucky and thankful for all of them.
This brings me to Thanksgiving, I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and have been thinking of all of the things that I am thankful for, like my two jobs, at Gigi’s and Paparazzi’s. I am thankful for all of my speeches that I have been doing lately. I’m thankful for my family and friends, one friend that I am thankful is well again! I am thankful that I am a self advocate that can speak up for some of my friends and others that can not speak up. I am thankful to God for everything I have, shelter, clothes for my body, and food on my table because I know that other people don’t have all that.
To start off December, I spoke at Liverpool High School. I spoke about bullying and the use of the R word and how very hurtful it is. My cousin Michael talked to his teacher about me coming in and that was pretty cool.
I also did the polar plunge again this year. I dressed as the Ice Queen of Hearts and plunged in the freezing cold water, we raised about 3200 dollars. I spoke there to a huge crowd about my polar plunge partner and coach Doug Klepper. He is retiring from Coaching. I am very sad that he will no longer coach with Special Olympics. He is definitely family.I will miss him but I was glad he committed to plunging with me again next year! Yea Doug!
I did take that road test again that I told you to check back on, and again I did not pass. This time it was due to parallel parking. Lisa my instructor said I psych myself out so we aren’t going to do a lesson right before the test again. Usually my parallel parking is pretty good. Ok, so the 4th time is a charm, right?
Last Saturday I was with my parents selling papers and collecting outside for the Old Newsboys. We collect for the childrens toy fund. We did pretty well. Afterward we went to Dinosaur bbq for a celebratory lunch.
I decided I will finish December when I do January’s blog because it is just so crazy busy with Christmas coming up, so to all of you, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Happy New Year!