Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spread the word, to end the word!

Do you see Elora's determined walk?


It was with that same purpose she gave a talk to her entire school about her sister Cami. 
She pleaded with her classmates to spread the word to end the word. 

Her mother also gave one of the most compassionate and heart felt talks 
I have ever heard in my life.
I truly wish she could speak in every school across our country.

Like Erin explained in her talk, retarded is a clinical word used by doctors. 
But it is also a slang some people use to mean, "bad or gross." 
They had a large picture of Cami displayed on screen for all the children to see.
 Erin referred to the picture and said, "Cami is not bad or gross" so we should not use that word.

You can bet this Grandma was in tears.

Just by coincidence, Cami turned 8 years old the day of the assembly.


I do believe this assembly was a game changer for some. Hopefully for many.

I wish I had a video to show of yesterday,
but I do have another one that is outstanding.

I first heard about it on the Dr Laura program. 
A little boy who took his disabled brother with him on a race,
even though he knew he could not "win" pulling him from behind.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, that is so touching. Thank you so much for sharing this. I WISH I could have heard that speech about Cami. Did Elora speak too?
darlene

Anonymous said...

Oh, Elora did talk. I wish I could have heard her too!
darlene

Rebecca said...

What a beautiful post! I wish I could have been there to hear it! I love how Elora explained things.

grandmapeg said...

This is so beautiful and touching. It had me in tears, not only the video but knowing that Erin and Elora are doing so much good for ending the word. Thank you so much for sharing this. I wished I could have heard them speak.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for being there and for commemorating this special day for our whole family. After school when I picked Elora up there was a line of kids waiting wanting to meet Cami, and several friends came to Elora and promised to never say the word again. The next day at school Elora said she didn't hear it once. Amazing. Brock took video of our presentations and he posted them to his blog if you want to check it out.
thanks again,
Erin

Ammy said...

So touching!

Karen Mortensen said...

Wish I could have been there. I hope somebody recorded it.

Rebecca said...

P.S. Just look how Elora walks....she walks with purpose in her step...I'm telling you, this girl will go far in life!

Brock said...

Mom, I wrote my own blog on this and posted the video I took. Feel free to refer people over there or grab the video.

Thanks for your write-up on this. We really appreciate you helping to spread the word.

Anonymous said...

How do I see Brock's blog?
darlene

grandmapeg said...

I just watched the video on Brock's blog and Elora and Erin both did such a great job!!! They should do that at all of the schools.

Anonymous said...

Jill, you mentioned Dr. Laura. Is she still on the air?
darlene

Grandma Honey said...

She's on Sirius radio which I don't have, so I just get her on podcast. She claims she will never retire. I hope to still listen to her when she finally becomes a Grandma someday. She wants that more than anything else in the world.

Brock said...

Just click on my name to see the blog.

www.brockheasley.com