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I stand with Journey Found, do you? 

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton

Having a younger sister is most likely one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I’ve learned a lot from her, and certainly I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her. Ra­chel has taught me to appreciate the little things in life. She brings kindness to everyone, and her smile and laugh are infectious to every­one around her.

She’s also taught me to be thankful for everything I have and how important family is. In fact, she calls Mom and Dad twice a day to check up on them.

My mother and father taught me at an early age how import­ant it is to protect my little sister. She is the only girl out of the three of us, and is the youngest, which has always made her the princess in our family. Rachel has always been taken care of, thanks to my amazing parents, and has brought so much joy and love to our family.

Rachel has also helped me see into the world of others with intellectual disabilities, and I am constantly reminded how important it is to appreciate life every single day.

If you follow me on social media, every May and June you’ll see a variety of pictures of Rachel competing in the Special Olympics. Every year, my family makes it the most import­ant thing there is to attend and cheer Rachel on, as well as show support to all of the other wonderful Special Olympi­ans. When I am there, I always end up learning a life lesson. And honestly, if you want to teach your family about import­ant life lessons, just spend a day watching the incredible ath­letes compete in Special Olympics.

They will teach you how to compete with a smile, and remind you to give it your all no matter what circumstances are in your way. Most importantly, they will teach you to hold your head up high no matter what obstacles you face in life.

#1000Strong

From now until November, our agency is holding a campaign to raise money for Journey Found, a non-profit organization that provides group homes, services, and other types of support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in northern, central, and southeastern Connecticut.

Our goal is to get at least 1,000 people to donate $2 each to Journey Found. We need your help to meet this goal because it will give individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the support and care they need.

Additionally, we also promise to match every donation received during this campaign.

You can read more about how your donation will benefit the residents of Journey Found, here.