I am honored to have been selected for House of Possibilities' running team (Team HOPe) for the 2020 Boston Marathon.
Who I Am
I'm a Boston native and currently live in Chicago with my family. I'm also a runner and recently completed the 2019 Chicago Marathon.
Why I'm Running
My inspiration: I am a mom to two amazing kids, both of which have disabilities. My daughter has ADHD; my son is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD. The last few years have been a tough road to travel with educating others on how to interact and best support him. In the past he’s been seen as ‘misbehaving’, my husband and I work tirelessly trying to change that lens. Among other things, he struggles to see and grasp social cues and nuances. When situations arise that require more skills than what he has to give, this is where he can struggle, particularly with peers. Seeing your child have a hard time making connections because he’s had an outburst he couldn’t control, or misread a social cue has been heart-wrenching. He wants to be accepted. He wants to be included.
He’s made huge strides in the last few years, thanks in part to the heavy therapy schedule we have 4 times per week. As he gets older, I worry about what support my husband and I will need to put in place once he gets into high school, college, and beyond.
House of Possibilities’ mission and vision immediately struck a chord with me as a parent with special needs children. House of Possibilities looks to make a difference in the lives of children, adults and families living with developmental challenges by providing high quality programs and much needed relief and hope. Their overnight respite for kids gives parents a chance to have a much needed break. For us, we don’t have family support where we are currently (Chicago) or consistent resources that enable us to have a weekend off. To have something like House of Possibilities nearby would bring us a window of time to reset and recharge as parents so we can best support our kids. In addition to the overnight respite, House of Possibilities has several kids programs such as Adventure Club, Brunch Bunch and Hopemakers, all of which promote children’s social growth, independence and a sense of belonging. I can speak from experience - seeing your child in a fully inclusive, positive environment where they can practice their social skills with fellow peers (and adults who understand how to best support them), it amplifies their abilities and gives us hope for what's to come in the future.
Join us in our mission to unveil barriers and support families by nurturing each child’s gifts and talents, discover their purpose and path in life, helping them to reach their full potential, and utilizing those gifts and talents in a positive way as adults.