BENEFITING: PLAY BRIGADE INC
ORGANIZER: PLAY BRIGADE INC
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
My name is Jonathan Ledee and I have recently been accepted to participate in the 2017 Boston Marathon with The Play Brigade. I am fundraising to support their mission in creating universal inclusion for people with disabilities and communities.
These days, you'll find me pushing my limits in order to overcome a sudden, serious and unexpected auto-immune disorder, known as Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Guillain-Barre has severely affected my mobility and has forced me to learn to walk all over again.
As one can imagine, the struggle is real and this journey has been filled with a roller coaster of emotions. However, in my search for answers over these last several months, I've come to realize my ABILITIES over my disabilities—a matter of perception.
This years fundraiser isn't for me, as much as it is for a little girl named Harper, who stole my heart. Harper was paralyzed in a catastrophic birth injury and her parents, Dawn and Justin, discovered the difficulties of planning fun family actives that included all three of their children. And, what started with asking for an accessible swing at a local playground evolved into a vision of a world for all individuals where there are no barriers to play, recreation, or sports, and where inclusion is the cornerstone of community. From there, The Play Brigade was born.
I do hope that you will join me in my journey in this years Marathon, and help to support The Play Brigade team, all the way to the finish line. Because, together we will bring hope, inspiration and the joys of achievement to those with disabilities. Any and all support is greatly appreciated.
Boston Marathon 2017. Game. On.
PLAY BRIGADE INC wrote -
More fun for everyone. (Really, everyone.)
After Dawn and Justin Oates's third child was paralyzed in a catastrophic birth injury, they discovered the difficulty of planning fun family activities that included all three of their children. What started with asking for an accessible swing at a local playground evolved into a vision of a world for all individuals where there are no barriers to play, recreation, or sports, and where inclusion is the cornerstone of community. From there, The Play Brigade was born.
Advocate. Engage. Empower.
Millions of children and adults living with disabilities are missing opportunities to interact with their peers and their community in fun and meaningful ways because they are overlooked in the planning process. The Play Brigade believes that inclusion, the idea that everyone participates and everyone belongs, is the cornerstone of community. As such, the work we do is inclusive, rather than “specialized,” and we raise the bar beyond ADA compliant. We create awareness of inclusion as a social problem, illustrating how individuals and entire communities benefit when every person has the opportunity to participate and belong.
How we move the needle for social change:
We form allies who are committed to making inclusion a priority and who have the desire, ability and leadership position to effect change within their organization or municipality.
We consult with organizations on what changes they can make that will have great impact toward being more inclusive.
We create universal opportunities for fun that demonstrate what true community inclusion looks like and showcase its benefits to communities and society as a whole.