Sunday, April 27, 2014
What happens on the last Friday of the month in the John C. Harris Community Center has been a 16-year dream for mother Janice Craighead.
Since her son was 12, she’s hoped for her son, who has born with ventral septal heart defect and mental and physical disabilities, to have an opportunity to enjoy social events like his three siblings.
“When they were getting dressed up to go out you could see in his face he was left out,” Craighead said.
Janice Craighead calls her son, J.C., her miracle baby; he’s undergone three open heart surgeries among many other procedures. Doctors said he wouldn’t live past 15. He’s now 28.
Being left out is no longer the case for J.C. on Friday nights.
Dressed in a tuxedo, complete with a white flower boutonniere, he listened to music with his friends at prom on Friday night.
The prom was organized by Celebrating Disabilities Together, a newly-founded Callaway County organization for those with development disabilities and their caregivers. The organization started about eight months ago. The last Friday of every month, people of all ages with disabilities and their friends and families join together to dance.
Anyone interested in joining CAT or donating to the organization, contact Heather Weaver at (573) 220-8665 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Janice Craighead at (573) 642-0505 or email@example.com.
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