I really don’t know how to begin this post without getting all mushy gushy…
When I was 5 years old, my baby brother was in his crib napping and had a seizure. I randomly walked in to check on him and I found him in his crib totally blue. I yelled for my dad to come help! My parents said that if I hadn’t of checked on him, then he wouldnt of made it. I still remember the white stuffed animal dog that I got for being a hero.
This was only the beginning of the struggles in his life.
For those of you that are new to my blog, Michael is my younger bro who was born with Prader Willi Syndrome & mentally challenged. Growing up with a brother who has special needs is a whole other ball game. You’re not worried about him getting on the Varsity team or what college he’ll get into. You just hope that they remain healthy and survive the struggles of School & Life. Getting bullied or laughed at by people who just don’t have a clue. What do you tell him when he comes crying to you because he doesn’t understand why people laugh at him. Are mean to him. Call him Retarded.
My sophomore year of high school, I joined a program called Best Buddies . They educate the public on the need for social inclusion of those with disabilities. I got assigned a special buddy to chill with and helped him feel comfortable socializing with other students. You would be surprised on what a difference that makes in a persons life. It was awesome because even some of the “Popular” football players actively participated in the program, which made it “cool” for others to join. Unfortunately my little brother didn’t have this program at his school. He didn’t get the privilege of going to the Best Buddies Prom or other awesome activities that they host.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if all schools had this program! Well with our help they can continue to grow...
Every year they host a Best Buddies Friendship walk to help raise money to keep the program alive.
This program is very dear to my heart and I would like to do something special this year to help raise money. I am having a Best Buddies Bundle Sale starting today- April 20th, $100 of proceeds will be donated to the Best Buddies Program.
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.