Gazing out my window I watched my youngest brother, Andrew, mow my front lawn and, all of a sudden, became teary eyed and filled with emotions at the sight of him doing, what we think, is just a regular daily activity. Growing up with a mentally challenged brother wasn’t easy. Effort and patience was expected from both myself and older siblings. My Mother spent, what seemed like, 24 hours a day caring for my brother, even to the point of making a bedroom attached to hers, for him. This was the only way because he needed around the clock care on most days.
As a child, I cried a lot at night wondering why God would allow him to be so different and, often times, praying and asking Him to just “fix it”. It wasn’t fair that my brother had to go through his whole entire life this way. Would he ever live a “normal” life? And could he find a circle of friends to encourage and inspire him along the way? Now, 20 years later, I’m still consumed with emotions because he HAS found friends and HAS thrived through life, graduating High School and, diligently, competing in Special Olympics. Thanks to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, he’s had this opportunity and on September 25th 2010, we honor and celebrate her life with EKS Day.
On 25 September 2010, Special Olympics and Best Buddies will lead the world in a celebration of the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. “Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day” (EKS Day) will promote a global call for people to commit acts of inclusion, acceptance and unity for individuals with intellectual disabilities (EKS ACTS).
I Take the Pledge:
|My whole family, Andrew in the middle|
EKS Day is a global call for everyone to commit to small acts to create unity for individuals with intellectual disabilities. We like to call them EKS ACTS.
There are categories to guide you, if you’re not sure how to “act” such as: Friendship, Sport, Education, Employment, and Advocacy. When I pledged I couldn’t pick just one. So, I made up my own category:
How Can You Get Involved?
I would REALLY love to see the blogging community get behind this celebration and act of honor for Special Olympics and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Getting involved is really easy. You can do any or all of the following:
- Pledge your act for EKS Day
- Repost this information on your blog
- Encourage Others to do the same
- Tweet your Act using Hashtag #EKSDay
- Share your EKS Act on the Special Olympics Website
Connect with EKS Day:
There are a few people you can follow on Twitter to follow along with the happenings of EKS Day such as:
Share With Me:
This initiative is near and dear to my heart. So, I’m making another pledge to all my readers out there who are willing to pledge an EKS Act. If you make your own pledge in support of Special Olympics and EKS Day and sign the linky below, I will, personally, tweet EVERY SINGLE ONE and round them up for another blog post at the end of the month. I’d love if you could blog about it, but tweets and Facebook updates work well too. Once you made you pledge please share it on the Special Olympics site and sign my linky below with your pledge (in the response section) and url to your blog post or tweet. I will take care of the rest.
The torch has been passed. Where will you take it?
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