This weekend we had our 2nd buddy event at Festival in the Park, a local arts festival in Charlotte. I had a blast reconnecting with my buddy Weslyn, and buddy partner, Katherine. Throughout the day we visited different product tents, tried some amazing food, and played on the playground. The thing I loved most about this event is that we were out in the community, spreading the mission of PFO. All 86 of us were wearing our orange t-shirts (thank you, Action Plus!) as we infiltrated the park. I think teenagers and children with disabilities being seen laughing and playing with one another at such a prominent social event in our city sends a powerful message of acceptance. Not to mention, it negates a whole plethora of stereotypes. One lady with her son stopped and asked me what group we were from. I introduced her to my buddy and told her about the buddy program and how we give teens the safe space to transform and all about my personal experience and how PFO has shown me how to be happy again; I told her all this and more for as long as she would listen. I connected with a complete stranger in an entirely articulate and vulnerable way, all because of the passion PFO has ignited within me. As I’m sitting here typing this, I realize how much I have grown and wow, I am so grateful!

  • weslyncheers@aol.com

    this week with my budddys are alsome

  • weslyncheers@aol.com

    this weekend was alsome was a blast that day had fryes there and then my buddies katherine bowers and maddie healy alsomst push me on the swing

  • weslyn

    i miss you

  • weslyncheers@aol.com

    go focey chicken I going to miss you maddie

  • weslyncheers@aol.com

    Middie I miss you and I just had a seizure this Friday and I was find and my sister Miranda help me and the ambulance came and then was in my space and I dident like it