Dreaming the impossible dream
Organized by: Janell Johnson
Hello, My son Mekhi is 18 years old and has been overcoming obstacles since birth. The youngest of a set of twins, his sister died of SIDS at 7 weeks old. As months past after her death, we noticed that Mekhi was no longer thriving; he didn't do much crying, smiling or reaching any milestones typical of an infant. After seeing multiple specialist and even having an unofficial diagnosis of autism, his pediatrician called us into the office and held Mekhi in his arms and told me that he would see no more specialist, because he was simply grieving. He told me to give him something that belonged to her, like a blanket or bib and to be patient. As Mekhi got older, he developed an affinity for the stage. He became interested in dance and later acting, where he found his calling. From Oedipus Rex to Grapes of Wrath - his talent in the lead roles was amazing! Mekhi was recently accepted to the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. We are very excited because this is an opportunity of a lifetime for him. To not only attend school to refine his craft but to also be in the Big Apple, surrounding by opportunity. As a family we are struggling bad to meet some of our most basic needs but as a mom, I'll make sure that we get through all of that. I don't want to see my struggle as a road block for him to chase his dreams. From housing needs to tuition, I have no idea how I will make it happen to get Mekhi to NYC but it has to happen. He has received almost 12,000 in grants and scholarships but it is still not enough. Please consider helping us with the cost of his tuition.