What inspires you to volunteer? The success of Brighton kids and the highly qualified Brighton Leadership team and staff.
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: #WhereDreamsBecomeReality
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: I created a successful scholarship fund for and managed by St. Mary’s University from scratch which has raised over $55,000 in 5 years.
Brighton Center is….INSPIRATION
What inspires you to volunteer? My beautiful daughter, Ryleigh reminds me every day how important it is to be grateful, patient and giving. She may have Down Syndrome but that does not define her. It is up to everyone as a parent to educate their children about individual differences. Love is important and children with different abilities aren’t any less deserving of receiving it.
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: #AllInclusive
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: As a young girl my grandmother convinced me to enter a queen’s pageant to represent and commemorate a milestone anniversary of Canyon Lake. I won and was awarded the title of “Hot Dam Cold Water Queen”.
Brighton Center is….. a family made up of the most compassionate staff who genuinely care about educating the community about inclusion and what amazing abilities ALL children have!
What inspires you to volunteer? I am inspired to volunteer because I grew up in an environment that segregated children with disabilities or delays in not only the school system. It was a normal thing and looking back we accepted it because we didn’t know any better. Now I know better, now I’m a parent who wants his children to become contributors to society and I can think of no better way than to start teaching them that how we treat children or treated them in the past isn’t always the right way.
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: #godlovesbrightonbecausebrightondoesgodswork
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: I was an amateur boxer in middle school and had around 12 amateur fights. I don’t remember them all but I’m pretty sure I won most of them.
Brighton Center is….LIFE CHANGING
What inspires you to volunteer? I have been blessed with so much – amazing family & friends, great health, meaningful work, strong community, glorious travel. With such abundance of joy and opportunity comes great responsibility. I’d like to give back so that others might experience these same blessings.
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: #Brightonsomanylives
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: You’d never know by looking at me! But I really enjoy long distance running and biking and have completed several half marathons, marathons, centuries and one ultra.
Brighton Center is…..Love
What inspires you to volunteer? I have a passion for helping kids and I happen to have a close family member with a child that has a “disability”. As a parent myself, I know what a ton of work parenting is, however that pales in comparison to what it takes to support a child with special needs. EVERY parent wants to help their kids achieve their dreams, I volunteer to help the Brighton Families make the dreams that they have for their kids achievable!
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: #ittakesavillage
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: Has visited 13 of the current Major League Baseball stadiums and an additional 6 stadiums that are no longer in use. Fenway Park is my favorite stadium that I have visited.
Brighton Center is….. Here to help families in need!
What inspires you to volunteer? The knowledge that there are families and children who are not as fortunate as our own. We are blessed to have the resources and support system we need to help Townsend grow into his full potential. Every child should be provided the same opportunity.
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton #LightInTheStorm #CelebratingTheSpeciallyAbled
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: I enjoy and miss skydiving (since I no longer do it post Townsend).
Brighton Center is….. exactly what our family needs to support Townsend and better than we could have imagined.