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Get up off the ground and stand tall

Organized by: Kayla May

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I am wanting to make an awareness of childhood neglect and abuse that can affect them even throughout their entire adulthood. I am wanting to help a few people in specific Antonio Melendez is one person who's situation really stans out to me the most. We have both suffered through alot of the same scenarios and bad situations. Dealing with severe abuse that has affected us greatly. Abuse isn't always handled the right way. And abuse isn't just just getting beat and torched. Because sometimes words and actions can cut deeper than bruises and scars. Now to start with me and Antonio and how abuse has a very long term affect. When I was born my father left immediately and my mother never wanted me. Some times I starved as a baby. I'm not too sure all that happened but due to my health conditions today I have an Idea of what went on before I could remember. But when I could remember I remember my skin color was almost purple all the time and I was never outside I was afraid of outside because I'd never been there. And growing up I thought it meant that u were loved if you were beat if you weren't best they didn't love you.and due to the severity of my health conditions I can not work period. I am currently on the streets and know how to pay bills and do things for myself that are important but I will not be able to do them because I won't have a job or an address to file foe social security with... now antonio. He has been treated way worse than me and we have been on the street together for quite a while now and he has given me everything he possibly can to help me survive he has given up entire meals for me. And gone forever without sleeping to protect me he didn't have to do that he doesn't owe me any thing but yet he did it any way and he always had a genuine smile on his face! And was kind to those who treated him with disrespect. I would like to help him live a better life and become some one because no one gave him a chance no one gave him a good start and yet he is still grateful for the little things he does have! It's people like him that set the world in a better direction. He would give someone the shirt off of his Beck even if it was the last thing he had. And I would like to give Antonio a chance In life and show that his kindness has not gone unnoticed. Without him I would not be here

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