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School of Rock New Brunfels

May 20 - June 02

For this campaign we are proud to partner with School of Rock New Braunfels.

Music programs at School of Rock New Braunfels combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices.

Mission
To help kids rock on stage and in life. To build their musical talents as well as their confidence to become well rounded musicians.

School of Rock New Braunfels’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our New Braunfels music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
https://www.facebook.com/SchoolofRockNewBraunfels/
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    J.J.

    19 yrs old

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    Nick & Presley

J.J., is 19 years old. He was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome when he was about a year and half old. J.J. has one brother and one sister, he is the oldest. He has a great sense of humor and prides himself on being a good friend. He is currently a senior at Canyon Lake High School, he will be graduating this year. While in high school he has been in ROTC and in the band since sixth grade. He plays the tuba in his high school band and loves playing at the football games. J.J. also plays the electric guitar in his free time. He first took lessons when he was six years old then got back into playing the guitar in high school. J.J. currently participates in weekly guitar lessons at School of Rock. He loves music, especially rock and heavy metal. When his favorite bands come to town he looks forward to their concerts. J.J. is very social, the majority of the time you will see him with a smile on his face. He loves meeting new people, he does not forget a face. We cannot wait to see what the next chapter in his life holds for him.

Presley is 17 years old and has been a student at Beyond Autism for three years. Our resident artist, you will often find Presley drawing at her desk. She loves all things Disney and frequents Disneyland as often as she can. Presley enjoys Lady Gaga and loves to dance!

Nick is 16 years old and loves to make others happy. His favorite song, Three little birds by Bob Marley, truly captures Nick’s easy going approach to life! Nick loves skateboarding, scootering and plays baseball at Miracle League. He has been a student at Beyond Autism since its inception in 2014.


Spencer’s Place

May 06 - May 19

Spencer's Place is a Coffee Shop and Bistro that employs individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Our mission is to train and empower teens and adults and to provide the community with an experience that is heart changing.

We are a multi-faceted approach to adult transition programs for those with intellectual disabilities.

Our facility is comprised of adults with special needs and abilities.

We strive to create opportunities for each individual that promotes their gifts and talents. Job coaches prepare our staff for their specific tasks through training and encouragement.
https://spencersplaceaz.com/
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    Spencer

    28 yrs old

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    Charli

    13 yrs old

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    Alex

    25 yrs old

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    Marnie

    27 yrs old

Spencer is a 28-year-old young man who attends advanced independence day program. You can often find him in his room jamming out to music or reading. Spencer loves football and is undeniably the biggest Green Bay Packer fan. During a football game, it is more exciting to watch Spencer’s reactions than the football game! He is excited for this new adventure in opening up a coffee shop because he loves meeting people.

Charli is 13 years old and is Spencer’s step sister. She enjoys playing volleyball and soccer. Charli thinks Spencer is the most hilarious person she knows. She most recently did a presentation in school about inclusion and treating those with disabilities kindly because they are just like me and you.

Alex is a 25-year-old young lady who attends advanced independence day program. Alex has many great ideas and goals. She is very creative and enjoys painting nails, making crafts and helping her friends with activities. Alex is also a fan of Tinker Bell. Alex is also working toward gaining skills to become independently employed.

Marnie, is a 27-year-old young lady who attends advanced independence day program. Marty enjoys music and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys participating in activities with her peers with the assistance from her favorite staff, Miss Alyssa. Marty has a smile that can light up the room.


Gallatin Miracle Park Part 2

April 22 - May 05

Gallatin Parks and Recreation plans to convert one of the city’s softball fields into an all-inclusive park that would be accessible for children and adults with special needs.

The department has already begun fundraising efforts for the Gallatin Miracle Park, which would be built across from the soccer complex at Triple Creek Park. The project would include a miracle field, inclusive playground and a peddle park for children to learn how to ride a bike safely.

The miracle field would be wheelchair accessible and feature an artificial turf field without dirt or raised bases while the inclusive playground would feature wheelchair swings, an easy-to-ride zipline, merry-go-round, game board and musical instruments, among other features.

Source
https://www.gallatintn.gov/149/Parks-Recreation
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    Axel

    9 yrs old

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    Chloe

    14 yrs old

Axel is a nine year old bundle of energy from Gallatin, Tennessee. He, along with his older brother, were diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He shares his home and love with two older brothers and one older sister. He is a math whiz, loves to learn new things, cooking, and creating art. He has been home schooled since Kindergarten with his siblings. Although shy at first, he loves meeting new people that let him take his time opening up to them. His REAL passion is animals though. His family rescues and adopts out orphaned and stray animals. There is no way the rescue would be successful without his diligent work. He has a particular way with every new animal he meets and has learned so much about restoring their health and trust in humans. He is a giving boy that understands the importance of finding just the right home for each animal, and when it's time he says goodbye with bravery and a sense of pride in his work. Like most kids his age, he loves video games and YouTube. He wants to be a "famous Youtuber" when he grows up. He has chosen Gallatin Miracle Park to receive his donations. It will be the first all inclusive park in his city, and he can't wait to meet new friends there one day, knowing that he helped build it.

Chloe is a fourteen year old, hilarious, bundle of fun from Gallatin, Tennessee. She is the big sister to Axel, the previous artist, that is also raising money for Gallatin Miracle Park. Chloe has been homeschooled, along with her three brothers, since she was in first grade. She enjoys chatting with her equally hilarious friends, creating art on paper and graphically, teaming up with her older brother to make the whole family laugh, and she is a huge Twenty One Pilots fan. She is right in the middle of four brothers and two little sisters. She takes her role in the family seriously and is always ready to lend a hand when needed. Family always comes first for Chloe and her siblings. She is a wonderful example of kindness and loyalty for her little brothers and sisters. She lights up any room she's in with her personality and humor, and she can usually be found with a sketch pad in her hand, whether at home or away, and her creations never fail to bring a smile to the faces of anyone that sees them.


Gallatin Miracle Park

April 08 - April 21

Gallatin Parks and Recreation plans to convert one of the city’s softball fields into an all-inclusive park that would be accessible for children and adults with special needs.

The department has already begun fundraising efforts for the Gallatin Miracle Park, which would be built across from the soccer complex at Triple Creek Park. The project would include a miracle field, inclusive playground and a peddle park for children to learn how to ride a bike safely.

The miracle field would be wheelchair accessible and feature an artificial turf field without dirt or raised bases while the inclusive playground would feature wheelchair swings, an easy-to-ride zipline, merry-go-round, game board and musical instruments, among other features.

Source
https://www.gallatintn.gov/149/Parks-Recreation
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    Axel

    9 yrs old

Axel is a nine year old bundle of energy from Gallatin, Tennessee. He, along with his older brother, were diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He shares his home and love with two older brothers and one older sister. He is a math whiz, loves to learn new things, cooking, and creating art. He has been home schooled since Kindergarten with his siblings. Although shy at first, he loves meeting new people that let him take his time opening up to them. His REAL passion is animals though. His family rescues and adopts out orphaned and stray animals. There is no way the rescue would be successful without his diligent work. He has a particular way with every new animal he meets and has learned so much about restoring their health and trust in humans. He is a giving boy that understands the importance of finding just the right home for each animal, and when it's time he says goodbye with bravery and a sense of pride in his work. Like most kids his age, he loves video games and YouTube. He wants to be a "famous Youtuber" when he grows up. He has chosen Gallatin Miracle Park to receive his donations. It will be the first all inclusive park in his city, and he can't wait to meet new friends there one day, knowing that he helped build it.


Acting Antics

March 25 - April 07

Acting Antics offers unique opportunities for children, teens, and adults who have difficulty with social skills or a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. We believe in using the creative arts to encourage social skills and communication growth.

The best way to learn is by having fun! At Acting Antics we capitalize on the strengths and abilities of our participants to observe and copy gestures, tones of voice, and mannerisms. The built-in structures that theatre and music provide can help the development of social understanding and flexible thinking through the opportunity to act and react in everyday situations. With these techniques, we support our actors in developing greater maturity, understanding of what others may be thinking or feeling, and communicating their own thoughts and feelings more effectively.

In drama, understanding concepts, making and interpreting inferences, taking another person's perspective, and formulating language, are all key components in working on a scene. Helping diffuse the fear of stigma or judgement from peers, Acting Antics programs are particularly well suited for youngsters, teens, and adults who are reluctant to participate in other programs that imply participants have social disabilities. Participants in theatre and drama can be perceived as cool, providing a gateway to acceptance into peer and social groups.
http://www.actingantics.org/
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    Nate

    23 yrs old

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    Rebecca

    34 yrs old

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    Anikh

    7 yrs old

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    Danny

    26 yrs old

Nate is an experienced actor, having been involved in Theater since the age of 9 years old.
He has had numerous lead roles including, Donkey in Shrek the Musical, The Prince/Beast in Beauty and the Beast Jr., Shere Kanhn, Geppetto, Dr. Dolittle, Mr. Darling, and Captain Hook and Joe of Cunjuntion Junction. He is currently involved in our Musical Theatre Master Class which will be performing "The Granny Awards" at our ENCORE weekend of shows produced by SALT Performing Arts in Chester Springs, PA, at the end of March! Nate dreams of becoming a professional actor and has interest in the all of Arts.

In his leisure time, Nate is a member of a Basketball, Baseball and Soccer team. He also volunteers at Peoples Light & Theater in Malvern, PA, as an usher, and has volunteered to prepare meals for the sick and shut in. Nate has recently secured a position with the Philadelphia Soul as the mascot "Soulman." He is both honored and excited about being a part of this Acting Antics family.

Rebecca has previously performed as Shenzi in C.A.S.T.'s production of "Lion King, Jr.," Viola in "Twelfth Night," Ado Annie in "Oklahoma," and Kundri in "Parzival" at Beaver Run Special School. She is currently involved in our Musical Theatre Master Class which will be performing "The Granny Awards" at our ENCORE weekend of shows produced by SALT Performing Arts in Chester Springs, PA, at the end of March!

Rebecca's favorite activities are acting, gardening, gaming, performing as a DJ, Zumba, cooking, and doing astrology readings.

Anikh is thrilled to be a part of Acting Antics, and it shows in his work. Previously, he has been in a production of "The Magic School Bus" with the Hillside Drama Club, and in the Movin' and Groovin' classes with Acting Antics. He is currently involved in our Musical Theatre Master Class which will be performing "The Granny Awards" at our ENCORE weekend of shows produced by SALT Performing Arts in Chester Springs, PA, at the end of March!

Anikh's favorite activities are singing, dancing, yoga, swimming, playing musical instruments, going to Barnes and Noble, and spending time with his family.

Danny has been involved with Acting Antics for several years in our Actors in Action class, and our Acting & Improvisation class. He has previously been seen on stage in Acting Antics' production of "The Emporer's New Clothes," and is currently involved in our Musical Theatre Master Class which will be performing "The Granny Awards" at our ENCORE weekend of shows produced by SALT Performing Arts in Chester Springs, PA.

Danny's favorite activities are going to zoos, listening to music, enjoying videos on YouTube, eating pizza, and swimming.


Inspire Part II

March 11 - March 24

This is the second part of the Inspire campaign. Again, we have a group of extremely talented artists. We hope you enjoy their work as much as we do!

Kelsey is raising money for Coastal Connections, Inc

Coastal Connections Inc. supports people with disabilities to achieve their full potential by creating personalized programs that promote living, working and playing in the community. Each person becomes an essential contributing member of their community through dynamic programs that create an environment which fosters life-long learning.

*We focus on the abilities of students, individuals served and staff, honoring their uniqueness and individuality.

*We offer creative and flexible program development and design that is responsive to needs of stakeholders through partnerships and collaborations.

*Our expectation is to seek and assume leadership roles in every aspect of our organization.

*We live, work, learn and play in the community and our presence in our community is mutually beneficial.

*We take reasonable risks that are of benefit to individuals and the organization.


Logan is raising money for Team Logan

As some of you know, Logan was recently diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. Medication is now a part of his daily life, and exercise is going to be a huge part of our routine moving forward. We are lucky enough to have an empty space in our home that we will be converting into Logan's fitness room, and it will be customized to his needs, likes and limitations. He has spinal issues, and therefore will be working with some specialists to make sure everything is perfectly geared toward his health and safety.


Justin is raising money for Community Outreach Program for the Deaf

Community Outreach Program for the Deaf (COPD) provides services throughout Arizona to persons with a hearing loss. COPD is considered a grassroots organization partnering with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind persons and organizations in establishing services and providing a "one-stop" center for persons with a hearing loss.

COPD was established in 1973 as the result of grassroots efforts made by Deaf community members. Over the years, COPD has grown to meet the expanding needs of our clients, continually offering new programs and services. Now as part of CCS' Southwest Community Services, COPD is well into it's forth decade, serving hundreds of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind persons each year. From the very beginning, COPD has maintained strong relationships with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities to help determine how we can best meet their needs. We pride ourselves on our strong relationship with these communities and value their guidance and support in creating new programs and services.


Tommy is raising money for The Miracle League of Johnson County

The Miracle League of Johnston County is a baseball league for children with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities.
In 1997, just outside of Atlanta, Rockdale Youth Baseball Association’s coach Eddie Bagwell invited the first child with a disability to play baseball on his team. In 1998, other children with disabilities were invited to play baseball on a typical baseball field within the same baseball complex.

These players and their families expressed a desire to wear uniforms, hit and round the bases just like other team members. And so the Miracle League was born. Since then the Miracle League has received local and national media attention. The league has been chronicled in the local newspaper, televised locally on NBC, ABC, Connecting With Kids and FOX, Atlanta affiliates and nationally on CNN, MSNBC and Fox Sports. In July 2001, the league was profiled on a segment of HBO’s Real Sports.

Presently there are almost 300 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, Canada and our newest member in Australia. The Miracle League is proud to serve over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.


Caleb is raising money for Horse Sense & Sensitivity

“Horse Sense & Sensitivity enhances the life skills and self confidence of special needs people by providing equine-assisted therapeutic programs and services in the Jacksonville Area.”

Horse Sense & Sensitivity is a 501c3 volunteer organization. Volunteers run the board, serve at every lesson as side walkers and leaders, help the organization raise operating funds and maintain the organization. Volunteers and instructors provide care for all horses used in the program. With no paid staff, we have very low overhead so nearly all funds donated go to operations including care and feeding of horses.

Horse Sense & Sensitivity is a non-profit organization that provides facilities and support for therapeutic horseback riding and physical therapy on horseback (hippotherapy.) These services are provided for physically and mentally challenged children and adults in the Jacksonville area.

Our all volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of community members committed to quality horseback riding instruction made available for all including those with special needs.
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    Kelsey

    11 yrs old

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    Logan

    25 yrs old

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    Justin

    38 yrs old

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    Tommy

    6 yrs old

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    Caleb

    11 yrs old

Kelsey is an amazing young lady. Kelsey has her own set of special medical needs. She is 11-years old this month. As typical as she may seem, Kelsey was born with Biliary Atresia and had life saving surgery at five weeks old. Biliary Atresia is a progressive degenerative disease of the liver and bile ducts. Although the vast majority of BA patients require a liver transplant by the time they’re Kelsey’s age, she is defying the odds and still living with her own liver.

In addition to her BA, Kelsey has had to deal with extremely low bone density. She has had numerous fractures of her wrists, ankles, and foot. Despite all of this, she is an amazing young woman who plays in her school band and rides horses.

It’s hard to find Kelsey without a smile. She has a wonderful spirit that brings smiles to her family and friends.

Logan is a 25-year-old young man who is living with Hashimoto's and developmental disabilities, including Apraxia. He enjoys riding his trike, bowling, fishing, playing basketball and helping with his many, many animals. His family likes to consider him challenged not limited, and you can find out more about him through Logan's mom, Allyson, chronicles their lives on her Facebook page, The Crumb Diaries.
Logan's designs are raising money for Logan's Fund, a trust fund set up to be set aside for Logan should anything happen to his parents.    

Justin is 38 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Justin loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related.  He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing.  Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks.  Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!!

Tommy is six years old and he is much like any other six year old. He loves cars, trucks, trains and planes and he loves to play outside. Although he is much like any six year old boy, he is also very different. He was born with 22q11.2DS – 22q for short. 22q is a partial deletion of the 22 chromosome and it affects every carrier differently with a wide range of symptoms.
In Tommy’s case, he was affected with a heart defect, a cleft lip & palate, a laryngeal web as well as low muscle tone and developmental delays. He has been tube fed the majority of his life and he’s slowly learning how to eat on his own. Because of his many challenges, he has a very busy schedule. He has been receiving therapies multiple times a week since birth and he has had five surgeries to date. He currently goes to developmental school every weekday. In addition, he receives 3-4 therapies a week at home after school. He is very busy, but he continues to work hard like the super hero he is.
Although he has so much on his plate, Tommy is one of the happiest and easiest going kids I have ever met. He loves the movie Wall-E and his favorite past time is playing with his planes. He loves to snuggle and his best friend is his four year old sister, Rosemary. Tommy has a special way of making people in his life happy and he is truly an inspiration to everyone he meets.

Caleb Prewitt is eleven years old, born and raised in Jacksonville FL. We were surprised at birth with his Down syndrome diagnosis, but wouldn't change a thing now. He has a sister, a step-brother and step-sister who are all much older! Caleb is a student, athlete and advocate! He will "graduate" this week from Elementary school and head to Intermediate classes in the fall. Caleb has made trips to advocate for himself and others to both our state and national capitols. He loves to meet new people and loves to travel too. He and his dad enjoy working together in the kitchen and will soon hit the stage with a "Cooking with Caleb" event this fall here in Jacksonville with the Southern Women's Show. He's done some modeling, and is a Brand Representative for Jonas Paul Eyewear and JakeMax Apparel. He is also an ambassador for both AbleFinder and SaveDownSyndrome. He loves sports and participates in eight Special Olympics sports throughout the year, as well as Challenger League baseball and TOPSsoccer. We began participating with Special Olympics when he was just four with their Young Athlete's Program, which gave him the tools for the sports-side when he turned eight. His favorite sport is Bowling, followed by Equestrian. We are excited to help raise some funds for our local SOFL program with this partnership with Paperclouds Apparel!


Inspire

February 25 - March 10

This campaign we have a group of extremely talented artists. We hope you enjoy their work as much as we do!

Kelsey is raising money for Coastal Connections, Inc

Coastal Connections Inc. supports people with disabilities to achieve their full potential by creating personalized programs that promote living, working and playing in the community. Each person becomes an essential contributing member of their community through dynamic programs that create an environment which fosters life-long learning.

*We focus on the abilities of students, individuals served and staff, honoring their uniqueness and individuality.

*We offer creative and flexible program development and design that is responsive to needs of stakeholders through partnerships and collaborations.

*Our expectation is to seek and assume leadership roles in every aspect of our organization.

*We live, work, learn and play in the community and our presence in our community is mutually beneficial.

*We take reasonable risks that are of benefit to individuals and the organization.


Logan is raising money for Team Logan

As some of you know, Logan was recently diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. Medication is now a part of his daily life, and exercise is going to be a huge part of our routine moving forward. We are lucky enough to have an empty space in our home that we will be converting into Logan's fitness room, and it will be customized to his needs, likes and limitations. He has spinal issues, and therefore will be working with some specialists to make sure everything is perfectly geared toward his health and safety.


Justin is raising money for Community Outreach Program for the Deaf

Community Outreach Program for the Deaf (COPD) provides services throughout Arizona to persons with a hearing loss. COPD is considered a grassroots organization partnering with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind persons and organizations in establishing services and providing a "one-stop" center for persons with a hearing loss.

COPD was established in 1973 as the result of grassroots efforts made by Deaf community members. Over the years, COPD has grown to meet the expanding needs of our clients, continually offering new programs and services. Now as part of CCS' Southwest Community Services, COPD is well into it's forth decade, serving hundreds of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind persons each year. From the very beginning, COPD has maintained strong relationships with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities to help determine how we can best meet their needs. We pride ourselves on our strong relationship with these communities and value their guidance and support in creating new programs and services.


Tommy is raising money for The Miracle League of Johnson County

The Miracle League of Johnston County is a baseball league for children with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities.
In 1997, just outside of Atlanta, Rockdale Youth Baseball Association’s coach Eddie Bagwell invited the first child with a disability to play baseball on his team. In 1998, other children with disabilities were invited to play baseball on a typical baseball field within the same baseball complex.

These players and their families expressed a desire to wear uniforms, hit and round the bases just like other team members. And so the Miracle League was born. Since then the Miracle League has received local and national media attention. The league has been chronicled in the local newspaper, televised locally on NBC, ABC, Connecting With Kids and FOX, Atlanta affiliates and nationally on CNN, MSNBC and Fox Sports. In July 2001, the league was profiled on a segment of HBO’s Real Sports.

Presently there are almost 300 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, Canada and our newest member in Australia. The Miracle League is proud to serve over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.


Caleb is raising money for Horse Sense & Sensitivity

“Horse Sense & Sensitivity enhances the life skills and self confidence of special needs people by providing equine-assisted therapeutic programs and services in the Jacksonville Area.”

Horse Sense & Sensitivity is a 501c3 volunteer organization. Volunteers run the board, serve at every lesson as side walkers and leaders, help the organization raise operating funds and maintain the organization. Volunteers and instructors provide care for all horses used in the program. With no paid staff, we have very low overhead so nearly all funds donated go to operations including care and feeding of horses.

Horse Sense & Sensitivity is a non-profit organization that provides facilities and support for therapeutic horseback riding and physical therapy on horseback (hippotherapy.) These services are provided for physically and mentally challenged children and adults in the Jacksonville area.

Our all volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of community members committed to quality horseback riding instruction made available for all including those with special needs.
  • Artist

    Kelsey

    11 yrs old

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    Logan

    25 yrs old

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    Justin

    38 yrs old

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    Tommy

    6 yrs old

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    Caleb

    11 yrs old

Kelsey is an amazing young lady. Kelsey has her own set of special medical needs. She is 11-years old this month. As typical as she may seem, Kelsey was born with Biliary Atresia and had life saving surgery at five weeks old. Biliary Atresia is a progressive degenerative disease of the liver and bile ducts. Although the vast majority of BA patients require a liver transplant by the time they’re Kelsey’s age, she is defying the odds and still living with her own liver.

In addition to her BA, Kelsey has had to deal with extremely low bone density. She has had numerous fractures of her wrists, ankles, and foot. Despite all of this, she is an amazing young woman who plays in her school band and rides horses.

It’s hard to find Kelsey without a smile. She has a wonderful spirit that brings smiles to her family and friends.

Logan is a 25-year-old young man who is living with Hashimoto's and developmental disabilities, including Apraxia. He enjoys riding his trike, bowling, fishing, playing basketball and helping with his many, many animals. His family likes to consider him challenged not limited, and you can find out more about him through Logan's mom, Allyson, chronicles their lives on her Facebook page, The Crumb Diaries.
Logan's designs are raising money for Logan's Fund, a trust fund set up to be set aside for Logan should anything happen to his parents.    

Justin is 38 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Justin loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related.  He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing.  Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks.  Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!!

Tommy is six years old and he is much like any other six year old. He loves cars, trucks, trains and planes and he loves to play outside. Although he is much like any six year old boy, he is also very different. He was born with 22q11.2DS – 22q for short. 22q is a partial deletion of the 22 chromosome and it affects every carrier differently with a wide range of symptoms.
In Tommy’s case, he was affected with a heart defect, a cleft lip & palate, a laryngeal web as well as low muscle tone and developmental delays. He has been tube fed the majority of his life and he’s slowly learning how to eat on his own. Because of his many challenges, he has a very busy schedule. He has been receiving therapies multiple times a week since birth and he has had five surgeries to date. He currently goes to developmental school every weekday. In addition, he receives 3-4 therapies a week at home after school. He is very busy, but he continues to work hard like the super hero he is.
Although he has so much on his plate, Tommy is one of the happiest and easiest going kids I have ever met. He loves the movie Wall-E and his favorite past time is playing with his planes. He loves to snuggle and his best friend is his four year old sister, Rosemary. Tommy has a special way of making people in his life happy and he is truly an inspiration to everyone he meets.

Caleb Prewitt is eleven years old, born and raised in Jacksonville FL. We were surprised at birth with his Down syndrome diagnosis, but wouldn't change a thing now. He has a sister, a step-brother and step-sister who are all much older! Caleb is a student, athlete and advocate! He will "graduate" this week from Elementary school and head to Intermediate classes in the fall. Caleb has made trips to advocate for himself and others to both our state and national capitols. He loves to meet new people and loves to travel too. He and his dad enjoy working together in the kitchen and will soon hit the stage with a "Cooking with Caleb" event this fall here in Jacksonville with the Southern Women's Show. He's done some modeling, and is a Brand Representative for Jonas Paul Eyewear and JakeMax Apparel. He is also an ambassador for both AbleFinder and SaveDownSyndrome. He loves sports and participates in eight Special Olympics sports throughout the year, as well as Challenger League baseball and TOPSsoccer. We began participating with Special Olympics when he was just four with their Young Athlete's Program, which gave him the tools for the sports-side when he turned eight. His favorite sport is Bowling, followed by Equestrian. We are excited to help raise some funds for our local SOFL program with this partnership with Paperclouds Apparel!


Keegan’s Krew

February 11 - February 24

Keegan managed to touch the lives of countless people. He was a smart, compassionate, funny, brave and creative child with an old soul. Even people who didn't know him as a person were left with a smile when he held the door open for them as he tipped his signature fedora. Keegan loved playing video games and reading, and had dreams of becoming both a famous Youtuber and an author. He loved super heroes and was working on his own comic book and super hero character, Night Strike. He emulated super heroes in his daily life as he tried to defend his fellow classmates who were victims of bullying. He even started an anti-bullying club at school. His many talents included being an animal whisperer and the self-proclaimed "Greatest Sandwich Maker in the World." To say he had personality is an understatement! He performed enthusiastically in school plays as both a cow and a dog, and managed to steal the show with no lines at all! Keegan was a world traveler, always ready for whatever adventure his family wanted to go on, but his time in Rome was his favorite. He hoped to move there one day after graduating from Bradley University like his mom. Keegan managed to touch the lives of countless people. He was a smart, compassionate, funny, brave and creative child with an old soul. Even people who didn't know him as a person were left with a smile when he held the door open for them as he tipped his signature fedora. Keegan loved playing video games and reading, and had dreams of becoming both a famous Youtuber and an author. He loved super heroes and was working on his own comic book and super hero character, Night Strike. He emulated super heroes in his daily life as he tried to defend his fellow classmates who were victims of bullying. He even started an anti-bullying club at school. His many talents included being an animal whisperer and the self-proclaimed "Greatest Sandwich Maker in the World." To say he had personality is an understatement! He performed enthusiastically in school plays as both a cow and a dog, and managed to steal the show with no lines at all! Keegan was a world traveler, always ready for whatever adventure his family wanted to go on, but his time in Rome was his favorite. He hoped to move there one day after graduating from Bradley University like his mom. It was the trip to Rome that he got his first fedora, and it was like his super hero power the moment he put it on. He relished in the smiles it brought most, and secretly hid the pain of the taunting that came from others. He began advocating for other kids like him, bullied for being unique, while silently suffering himself. He began a Bully Patrol, and spent recesses giving classmates a safe place to be themselves without fear of bullies. Sadly, Keegan ended his life at only 11 years old to escape his own pain. His family immediate banded together with friends and members of the community to continue his goal of Bully Patrol, and to share Keegan’s story to anyone who would listen. Keegan’s mom Kelly has spoken to hundreds of students at area schools about the effects of bullying. Keegan’s Krew has a long term goal of providing a safe haven for all, bullies or the bullied. In the meantime, they do pop up events to connect with community children, giving them an opportunity to express their feelings in a safe and accepting environment. This year, Keegan’s Krew will help their followers earn a Keegan’s Krew patch upon successful completion of 11 acts of Kindness.
www.facebook.com/keeganskrew1/
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    Keegan

    11 yrs old

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    Tytan

    9 yrs old

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    Jeremy

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    Be The Good

Keegan managed to touch the lives of countless people. He was a smart, compassionate, funny, brave and creative child with an old soul. Even people who didn't know him as a person were left with a smile when he held the door open for them as he tipped his signature fedora.
Keegan loved playing video games and reading, and had dreams of becoming both a famous Youtuber and an author. He loved super heroes and was working on his own comic book and super hero character, Night Strike. He emulated super heroes in his daily life as he tried to defend his fellow classmates who were victims of bullying. He even started an anti-bullying club at school.

His many talents included being an animal whisperer and the self-proclaimed "Greatest Sandwich Maker in the World." To say he had personality is an understatement! He performed enthusiastically in school plays as both a cow and a dog, and managed to steal the show with no lines at all!

Keegan was a world traveler, always ready for whatever adventure his family wanted to go on, but his time in Rome was his favorite. He hoped to move there one day after graduating from Bradley University like his mom.
Keegan managed to touch the lives of countless people. He was a smart, compassionate, funny, brave and creative child with an old soul. Even people who didn't know him as a person were left with a smile when he held the door open for them as he tipped his signature fedora.

Keegan loved playing video games and reading, and had dreams of becoming both a famous Youtuber and an author. He loved super heroes and was working on his own comic book and super hero character, Night Strike. He emulated super heroes in his daily life as he tried to defend his fellow classmates who were victims of bullying. He even started an anti-bullying club at school.

His many talents included being an animal whisperer and the self-proclaimed "Greatest Sandwich Maker in the World." To say he had personality is an understatement! He performed enthusiastically in school plays as both a cow and a dog, and managed to steal the show with no lines at all!

Keegan was a world traveler, always ready for whatever adventure his family wanted to go on, but his time in Rome was his favorite. He hoped to move there one day after graduating from Bradley University like his mom.

It was the trip to Rome that he got his first fedora, and it was like his super hero power the moment he put it on. He relished in the smiles it brought most, and secretly hid the pain of the taunting that came from others. He began advocating for other kids like him, bullied for being unique, while silently suffering himself. He began a Bully Patrol, and spent recesses giving classmates a safe place to be themselves without fear of bullies.

Sadly, Keegan ended his life at only 11 years old to escape his own pain.

Tytan is nine years old and lives with his family in Peoria, Illinois. He is a straight A student at the Peoria Hebrew Day School and currently has aspirations to become a fireman when he gets older. During his spare time Tytan enjoys playing video games, creating artwork and playing football among other things. Tytan has a great sense of humor and is always compassionate, understanding and respectful to friends and new acquaintances alike. Sadly, Tytan recently lost one of his friends due to an unfortunate situation. Keegan took his own life due to relentless bullying from classmates at his school. Tytan took this as a call to action and has dedicated much of his time and efforts into educating people, friends, classmates and any others that will listen on the damage caused by being unkind to others. Personally speaking alongside Keegan’s mother Kelly against bullying and always striving to set an example of kindness are things that Tytan has chosen to do in order to help others being bullied and prevent this from happening again. We can all learn from Tytan that everyone’s feelings matter and being kind to others makes a huge difference in everyone’s lives.

"Some people call him the world's greatest stay-at-home-dad artist. Others call him the Steven Seagal of pop art. Settled in the heart of Peoria, Jeremy has a love for a variety fandoms, is a creative writer, a self-taught illustrator, painter, and pyrographer. He has helped raise money for programs like Keegan's Krew, Kicks For Luke, and the nonprofit Peoria Academy. He had the honor of exhibiting art at the Keegan's Krew Kick Off Event where he met Kelly Beal. See his art at facebook.com/geekartbyzentner"


Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children

January 28 - February 10

Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation
whose mission is to provide social, emotional and financial support for families managing
the health and well being of a loved one with pediatric cancer. We pride ourselves on
providing practical support directly to families.
https://www.azcancerfoundation.org/
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    Madi

    13 yrs old

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    Owen

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    Abri

    9 yrs old

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    Nathan

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    Ryder

    8 yrs old

I am Madisen. I'm 13 years old and I like to cook, draw, play violin, ride bikes and hang out with my friends. I want to travel someday to Europe and study abroad. I'm in the 8th grade and a member of the National Junior Honors Society. I want to be a cancer research doctor when I get older. I don’t have cancer, but it has been a part of my life since I was 7 years old when my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer. And then when my big brother Mason was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain cancer in 2015. I was 11 years old then. My birthday on June 13, 2018 was a very hard but special day that I will always share with my brother as it was the day he passed away. I drew a picture of children being lifted up to a place where they can feel the sunshine. I know first hand how much cancer can effect a family.

Owen was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer) at 6 years old. Due to complication from Limb Salvage he has endured over 100 painful leg surgeries causing him to miss half his school each year for the last 11 years. He worked hard to keep up grades and is currently a super senior finishing his final 4 classes for high school. To miss 50% of each school year and only be behind 4 classes is a miracle. Owen had served as teen spoke person for several charities and continues to give back in his spare time.

At just 7 years old Abri was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. After 2 years of treatments and trials Abri is cancer free and thriving. Although due to the severity of her treatments and cancer Abri underwent an amputation below the knee. Now, 9 years old she has a passion for using her voice and experience to speak out and help kids just like her.

Nathan is the brother of Jeremy who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. While in high school Nathan also met and befriended Nick and became very close with him, when Nick was given less than a few months left to live Nathan dropped put of high school and assisted daily with Nick's end of life care. He later went on to graduate high school and complete missionary work in Bacolod on negros island in the Philippines. Shortly after returning to the states he married his wonderful wife Maddy. He is also a sufferer of a rare genetic condition known as elhers danlos syndrome. He is currently studying in college to hopefully work on the field of astronomy.

Ryder is 8 years old and loves art and Sonic. He has a heart of gold and wants to help everyone in need especially kids with cancer. He watches closely to what his mom does for work at Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children. He always wants to give or do something for the kids who are sick and stuck in the hospital. Ryder sets a perfect example of what kids can do to give back to their communities.


One Step Beyond, Inc.

January 14 - January 27

One Step Beyond, Inc. focuses on fostering all variations of art forms and making them available to our members. The goal is aimed at creating opportunities, and using the Arts as a catalyst for individual growth and community inclusion.

Our Core Values:

Increasing community awareness, knowledge and respect for people who have disability

Optimizing access to community resources and services

Creating partnerships to remove barriers and open doors to full inclusion within the community

Changing the workplace to incorporate the strengths and abilities of people who have disability

Maximizing opportunities and choices to promote optimal independence and self-reliance

Providing progressive, dynamic, and empowering programs and services to enhance the lives of individuals who have disability
https://osbi.org
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    Malcolm

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    Rhett

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    Elizabeth

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    Marcel

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    Anthony

Malcolm is rarely seen without a pencil or paint brush in hand. He is well-known for is incredible attention to the smallest of details as well as his truly brilliant eye for color. Malcolm loves every art medium that he is able to get his hands on in The One Step Beyond Art Studio. He uses them all to create truly stunning works of art, animals being his favored subject. Malcolm has had his work featured at Art One Gallery in Scottsdale, Avondale Culture Pop Festival and currently has pieces on display at Sunsational Coffee in Surprise. He will be featured in the Artist Alley at One Step Beyond’s booth at Phoenix Fan Fusion in May 2019.

Rhett’s artwork can’t be mistaken. He is a popular artist around the halls of One Step Beyond, everyone knows his style and connects to his cartoon-style versions, often of themselves. Rhett loves to draw his peers and staff as characters in his artwork. It is a unique experience to be able to watch him work, the speed and accuracy at which he creates is overwhelming, he is like a machine! He has an intense passion for sculpting too, his cartoon characters often show up in his ceramics, they are just as cool, but in 3D! Some of his favorite characters are Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, Mega Man and of course people boxing. In this image, Rhett has placed himself as The Boxer, he often creates self-portraits. Sometimes he will include himself with others that he knows, whether it be an already existing character, or possibly one of his friends.

Elizabeth discovered her love of the arts just two years ago after becoming a wonderful addition to the One Step Beyond Art Studio. Elizabeth’s favorite thing about art? “Well…Everything! I love to challenge myself and keep trying new things in art” Elizabeth would like to show her love of art to the world in hopes that others will enjoy her work as much as she enjoys making it. Elizabeth has truly blossomed in such a short amount of time already having her work shown at Avondale Culture Pop Festival last year. Her work will also be featured in the Artist Alley at One Step Beyond’s booth at Phoenix Fan Fusion in May 2019.

“Art is the most fun!” It is exactly this fantastic energy that translates into all the artwork that Marcel creates. While clay is Marcel’s favorite medium to use in One Step Beyond’s Art Studio, it is his playful portraits of his favorite animators surrounded by their beloved characters that he is so well known for. Marcel’s work has been displayed Art One’s Gallery in Scottsdale as well as last year’s Avondale Culture Pop Festival. Marcel will have his work featured at Wham Gallery in Surprise in August of 2019.

Anthony has been an important part of the Art Program at One Step Beyond for many years. He is a very talented artist as well as author and screenwriter. Most of the characters that he draws and creates are characters in his writings. Anthony specifies that “this character is part of a script in a movie that I ‘am writing inspired by the movie Wreck It Ralph about a cartoon sidekick”. One of Anthony’s many skill sets is to be able to recreate images that he sees on screen. He also loves to come up with his own images, characters, and designs as well. This is one of his original character designs who he has big plans for…stay tuned!