Charlotte, "Charlie" has always done things her way; From playing and making new friends, participating in therapies and attending dance classes, Charlie likes to do things independently. She loves the beach and will walk for hours across the sand or sit and splash through the waves until the sun sets. It's one of her absolute favorite things to do besides painting or playing with her sisters.
Ellie is a light. She radiates joy and relishes the everyday ordinary. Ellie asks everyone she meets ‘how are you doing?’, and, actually waits for a response. She is devoid of judgement. We like to say her “super power” is compassion. She can sense sadness and pain in others, and is quick to offer words of encouragement, a touch or a hug. It was not surprising when she wrote her poem, titled, “Friends” which inspired her role as a Maximizer.
Wyatt loves to spend time building with his Magna Tiles, cardboard brick blocks, playing with his Rescue Bots and Transformers, and most importantly, playing (which almost always morphs into wrestling) with his big brother, Robert, who is 7. Wyatt also loves to paint and color, or really do any sort of creative activity. He is starting Kindergarten this fall and is so excited to be going to school with his big brother.
Rikson is an amazing boy who absolutely loves to live life. He was born in Pennsylvania, and will be turning 6 on May 15. At 15 months, of age Rikson was diagnosed with left sided Hemi Palegic Cerebral Palsy. He had very limited use of his left arm and drug his left leg when he scooted across the floor.
Lucy just started college at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is in a two year program called BUILD which totally immerses 16 lucky students with various disabilities into the general student body attending Bethel. She lives in the dorm along side her typical peers.
Megan enjoys dance, bowling, and watching movies. Megan has participated in rhythmic gymnastics in the Special Olympics through WDSRA (Western DuPage Special Rec Association) and has won numerous gold, silver, and bronze medals. All of Megan’s “brothers” turned-out to support her when she competed in the Special Olympics. She has also taken years of Ballet and Jazz classes.