Posted August 1, 2012 | General
Michael Glen and his father, Bill Glen, traveled from Arizona to the Lehigh Valley to encourage our children with and without disabilities to follow their dreams no matter what challenges or obstacles they may face. Michael shared his inspirational story of how he became a paraplegic after a car accident when he was 21 years old. Depsite his injury he pursued his dream of becoming a hot-air balloon pilot and went on to become the world’s first hot air balloon pilot with paraplegia! Although Mother Nature did not cooperate with good weather Saturday, July 28th, she could not dampen the spirits of all those participating in the 2012 Celebration!
Here are a few pictures of Saturday’s event (Please double click collage for a larger view.).
The center picture of the collage above features Mikayla with Mike Hernandez. Mike traveled from Glens Falls, NY with his hot-air balloon, Annie the Lady Bug to join us in this years event. However, due to weather conditions on Saturday, Mike was not able to inflate Annie, which sports one yellow dot to remind people everywhere to celebrate our differences, because life would be boring if we were all the same!
The excitement of the children attending Saturday’s event could not be squelched, so they eagerly arrived back at Coca-Cola Park, Sunday morning at 7:00 AM, hoping for a hot-air balloon ride. Annie the Ladybug was not able to stay with us for Sunday’s Elevation, however, children were elated to share rides with Michael and Bill Glen. In the center photo below Mikayla’s mom, Kim, shares in Mikayla’s delight as they soar with Michael. (*Please double click collage for a larger view.)
Elevation Celebration is a celebration of all kids, their hopes and dreams, and inclusion. By including children with disabilities in an activity that they and their families likely thought was impossible, we hope inspires them that anything is possible!