Author Archives: Eric Bailey

Making Change by the Millions

Life is full of opportunities and barriers. We all have moments of happiness and hardship. During our journey, we rely on others for support. Our family, friends, teachers and community resources help to guide us along the way. We stumble, we fall, but in time we develop the strength to stand on our own. It’s in that moment of independence that we decide our future. Read More ›

Driven to Succeed

“People with disabilities can do what others can. It may take them a little longer, but with the support of others they can achieve their goals,” confidently stated Henry. Just about to hit the pivotal age of 21, Henry has already accomplished greatness. Through diligent training and determination, he’s earned a spot in the U.S.A. Special Olympics National Games. When asked if he’s a tough competitor in swimming, Henry replied, “I get reckless when it comes to racing!” It’s no wonder his nickname is Speedy. Read More ›

Andre’s Legacy

Just before sunrise, on Saturday, September 28, Jason “Zeke” Petrie stood with anticipation at the Akron Marathon starting line. Neither fear nor doubt could enter his mind, because he had immeasurable strength on his side—the support of teammate Andre Travis. Read More ›

Building A Legacy, Mile By Mile

“Just because you’re in a wheelchair doesn’t mean your life stops!” These are the words of Andre Travis, spoken with great conviction as he prepares for one of the biggest moments of his life. Born with cerebral palsy, Andre has faced many obstacles in his time – but he doesn’t seek sympathy because those obstacles don’t define him. “We can do anything we put our minds to. It’s the tough times that make you stronger,” remarked Andre. Read More ›

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