Learn to Thrive

Tatyana’s life has always been about not just surviving but thriving. “I think the word “disabled” is wrong. I have my unique abilities and talents, just like everyone else.” She states adamantly. There are many stories out in the world about unique talents, passions and drives that we can all learn and be inspired by to reach and exceed of our potential.

For Kids, Inspiring Friends

Washington Capitals Star Ovechkin surprises 10-year-old with Sushi Date

17 Oct , 2014  

Ann Schaab is 10 years old. She has Down’s syndrome. Ann boldly asked her famous crush, Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, out for a sushi date on Sept. 11 during an American Special Hockey Association skate with 60 children hosted by Ovechkin at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Caps’ training facility. The captain dragged his feet […]

For Kids, Inspiring Friends, Racing

My Hero: Tatyana Greets One of Her Fans

2 Oct , 2014  

This is me with Addison Zellner, one of my biggest fans, and as it has turned out, I am one of her biggest fans! View Video of Tatyana and Addison

Adoption, Background, Tips from Tatyana

Tatyana’s Graduation Speech

16 Sep , 2014  

When I graduated from University of Illinois in December 2013 I was invited to give a speech. I was a little unsure of what I should speak about. I wanted it to be inspiring to everyone and about my unique abilities, not about having a disability.  —Tatyana  WATCH THE VIDEO: They say that the journey toward one’s […]

Adoption, Inspiring Friends

Anjali Forber Pratt – A Portrait of Success

2 Sep , 2014  

Anjali is a dear friend of mine. She is an elite wheelchair racer, Paralympic ambassador, public speaker and PhD graduate from the University of Illinois. She is the the 2011 World Champion in the 200m and holds two bronze medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. The following is a story that she shared about […]

For Kids, Inspiring Friends

Achieving a Full Life with Spina Bifida

17 Jun , 2014  

A great story of how one family and the help of technology Maurice is a mechanical shunt in Evangeline Kugler’s brain that drains the fluid that would otherwise collect there because of her spina bifida. That’s just one of the many complications of the birth defect that will follow the baby, who’s almost 9 months […]