At a friends gathering, I met Leo, Steven, and Nick. They were triplets and blind since birth. In less than a minute of conversation, they immediately talked about their dad. And they talked a lot! The way a five year old talks about his shiny new super hero. Moments later I met Ollie, a lawyer and former service member whose heart for the boys was bigger than anything he’d felt before they crossed his path.
As you watch their personal interview on Generacion Latina, keep in mind that it was only a couple of years ago that one of the boys was on the verge of committing suicide due to incessant bullying. They spent their days indoors and had no bright future ahead. Today, these Thomas Jefferson middle school brothers are quickly becoming fine young men in their classroom and community, volunteering every chance they get. Here are some of the things that have kept them busy since the transformation of their lives began due to Ollie’s mentorship:
Gardening for an organization serving people with developmental disabilities
Organizing and cleaning up food packages for the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank– a Lions Club project
Speaking at American University with Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and the National Council on Independent Living
Supporting the Salvation Army raising more than $600 to help low-income kids get the school supplies they need
Their drive to make the most out of each day is simply unstoppable. They have met with numerous elected officials in Virginia to advocate for better pay for Braill teachers and succeeded when legislation turned in the teacher’s favor!
Leo, Nick and Steven are just getting started. Get to know them via Generacion Latina: