1. Phyllis nominated her daughter Angela. Angela is 42 years old.
2. Christina nominated her sister Kimberly. Kimberly is 29 years old
Phyllis writes: “ Angela is one of the most courageous people I have ever known. She was born with Downs Syndrome and later diagnosed with Autism. Her behaviors became self-injurious around the age of 7. It was so bad that she was diagnosed as one of the worst cases seen by Parson’s Institute. They did massive observation and followed her at home and in the school system. The diagnosis was that in this girl, who had Down syndrome with autism, was a person who was very aware of negative attitudes around her. Even though she could not speak she had a high understanding of language. This began a program of very intense positive language and actions around her. As this progressed she began to have a better vision of herself and the abuse decreased. At the age of 12 she lost vision in one eye because of a detached retina (probably from all the abuse). Unfortunately, at the age if 13, she lost vision in the other eye for the same reason. These 12-hour surgeries were intense and the induced comas for 10 days to try to let the eye heal. Nothing worked. She was frightened beyond words. She kept trying to turn on the lights. It took more courage and determination than I believed possible to relearn how to dress , shower, eat. Today she lives independently with 24-hour caregivers. She is very picky about her clothes and will not wear them if they do not feel right. She stands a proud woman of 4′ 2″ and weighs 130 pounds. It is very difficult to find anything to fit that adult body with those short arms and legs. I think a pair of these jeans would do so much to help her self-esteem. People would comment on how nice she looks and that would be such a delight to her. We lost her father to pancreatic cancer about 12 years ago and I am retired so coming up with the money would be difficult. Thanks for considering her.”
How would a pair of our jeans make a difference in her life? : It would make her feel special as people compliment how nice she looks. Also, it would fit and that would make her smile. You can not buy jeans that fit and have an elastic waist so someone can be independent in dressing.”
Christina writes: “My sister is a loving caring person who loves to help everyone. She works hard at Goodwill and is learning new jobs elsewhere too. She participates in Special Olympics and loves to sing and dance.”
How would a pair of our jeans make a difference in her life? “My sister has a tiny waist but large thighs and rear end all on top of short legs. She really has a hard time finding pants and wears dresses as much as she can. Her jobs require pants or shorts though so they would help tremendously.”