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Baltimore Homecoming Hero Semi-finalist

7/28/2019

Back in 2012, I set out to make a difference and provide Baltimore City youth in my community with access to a quality education as well as the resources and opportunities needed to achieve success. Never once did I think about making money for myself or receiving accolades. It was all about paying it forward since I had received so much support after my injury. The thought of being in the spotlight was also never a thought. In fact, for years I tried to find ways to not be the face of the foundation. However ...

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The Ripple Effect

7/16/2019

I’m a strong believer that one small act can change the world! If you’ve been following me you’ve probably heard me saying, “one person can make a difference. It’s like throwing a pebble in a pond. You throw a pebble in a bond and the ripples that come from that expand long and wide.”

Here’s how it works; you never know what someone is going through. When you do one kind act for someone like providing exceptional customer service, giving someone words of encouragement, or using your gifts/skills to ...

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Take Advantage of Opportunities

7/1/2019

Last week I took a short vacation to New Orleans to rest before the start of our 4th Annual SAFE Camp. While in New Orleans, I spent a lot of time taking in the culture, eating local food, and watching in amazement at the talented performers on Bourbon St and in the French Quarter. I saw some of the best freestyle rap artists and bands, an amazing saxophone player, kids playing the drums on buckets while others tapped danced to the beat with cans on their feet serving as taps, a dog that was ...

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A Letter to my Dad

6/16/2019

As a young child you were my biggest role model and I tried my hardest to make you happy. However, despite my efforts it seemed as if nothing I did was good enough for you. I didn’t understand why you were so hard on me when I did everything you asked of me. When you would wake me up before the sun rose on weekends and daily during the summer, despite my grogginess, I was happy to tag along with you and learn whatever the lesson you were teaching. I vividly remember that at ...

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I'm Back!

6/9/2019

My apologies, it’s been months since I wrote my last blog. So much has transpired in my life so I’m just going to dive right in.

Over the past year and a half, after being appointed by Governor Larry Hogan, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as the Director of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. I’m extremely excited to tell you that I resigned from that position in May 2019 to return to SAFE. Since my resignation, whenever I tell someone I know longer serve in that position ...

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Building for God

2/24/2019

Lord, teach us to be generous, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will.

That prayer by St. Ignatius of Loyola was something I said repetitively during my time at Loyola Blakefield. Despite that, I never took the time to fully understand the prayer until I founded Safe Alternative Foundation for Education.

This prayer puts ...

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How I Got Here

2/10/2019

This past week I had the pleasure of filming the final session of a project LinkedIn is documenting on me to be a feature in their #HowIGotHere series. Thursday began at 7:30am at my home filming my morning routine. After speaking with my mom, and answering emails, I headed off to therapy. 

Promptly at 9:00am I transferred to a mat to get into a harness to practice walking. Film crew and photographer in tow, I had the best walking session to date. I found the rhythm of my walking pattern a lot sooner ...

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Pushing the Limits

2/3/2019

Born on February 2 the weather is always iffy in Baltimore on my birthday. Due to this, the past couple of years I’ve traveled to Aruba and Mexico to celebrate in warm weather. This year however, I had the opportunity to visit Aspen, Colorado to try my hand at adaptive skiing for the first time.

This trip really pushed me out of my comfort zone because I always wondered, “why would anyone want to slide down steep mountains on two boards?” I guess you could blame it on the many years I’ve watched ...

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