This is a picture of me and my new friend, Peter. We met last week during a visit at Camp Woodeden in London.
Camp Woodeden is an Easter Seals Camp that helps kids with physical disabilities succeed, and I'd say after a short conversation with Peter that Camp Woodeden is doing a great job.
You may not notice in this photo, but Peter is in a wheelchair. After just a few moments of chatting with him in person, I didn't notice his chair either. He is so well-spoken, confident and full of promise and possibility. I tried to recruit him for the real estate business because he's a natural people person, but I'm not sure if he's ready to take the plunge yet. However, he did take the plunge on something called the "Drop Zone".
While a group of intrigued Century 21 Realtors stood in amazement, Peter was hoisted way up in the air, I don't even know how high, all I know is my courage would have run out before the last step of the ladder and I have no physical disabilities. But, Peter said he would keep going on the "Drop Zone" as long as they'd let him. This is his 15th and final year at the camp, as he has just turned 25 years old.
I hear that the minimum age requirement for the "Drop Zone" is 12. After Peter came down safely, they hoisted a young girl who had just turned 12 the day before. She didn't waste any time. As Peter said, they're only there a few days each summer, so they need to make the most of the time they have. So true...so true.
After my visit to Camp Woodeden, I determined that I will donate a portion of every real estate transaction to this worthy cause so that others like Peter can also have the opportunity to interact with others at this amazing camp and prepare for their future with others who share some of the same challenges and goals.
To learn more about Easter Seals, the "Drop Zone" and the work being done at Camp Woodeden, visit http://www.easterseals.org/