I have now lived in Colorado right at the year mark now and even though Ive had a few medical setbacks, its not really been long enough to establish medical relationships with all my doctors here. So, when I received the letter in the mail that the people from Make a Wish (after consulting my new doctors) accepted me to the program, I was super surprised and excited! They gave us a few weeks to think about my wishes before we went up to their offices to meet with everyone. On the day of the appointment, I had three wishes in my head. My first wish was to go meet JJ (Micah Fowler) from the show “Speechless” and introduce the sport of power soccer to him and the show; maybe they’ll even let me be in the audience! I was thinking we need to really find a way to make power soccer more widely known since its really the only competitive sport for power chair users to play completely independently. He has such a strong following since he's really the only kid on t.v. that is truly representing all with physical disabilities, and in this case cerebral palsy. I was also hoping to meet Zack Anner who is super funny as well as a writer for the show. He just so happens to also have cerebral palsy. Maybe I should just get busy writing a script to help them out!! ;) Anyway, I thought if I could meet JJ and the crew then maybe it would give them a good idea to write a script of JJ trying out power soccer on the show. My wish granter in Denver has expressed an interest to come watch one of our power soccer practices too, I thought that was pretty cool as well!
If that wish didn't work out, then my second wish would be to go to Israel to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and to see some of the places He went during his life. My third wish (in my head) was to go to Rome to be blessed by the Pope, but that never came up. The lady who wrote the wishes down on paper said to my parents that it takes about a month to get the wish out to the right people since I essentially want to meet a celebrity. After I told her my wishes, she guided us through their office and introduced us to everyone. Everyone was very nice and a few actually knew about the show and was excited about my wish! Hopefully soon they will tell us some news...more to come!!
So, I haven't had a lot of time lately with school and all but I did want to update everyone that I have a new job! I have been asked to be a monthly blogger for United States Power Soccer Association, the official sponsors of TEAM USA! I was pretty excited about this position and although I don't really get paid, its a great way to get my thoughts out there and gain some more experience and exposure for my writing portfolio. I've placed the links on the home page of my blog so you can go directly to their sites and read my blogs about power soccer, travel and all things accessibility.
I also wanted to mention that my team The Rolling Rapids has partnered with The Denver Rapids professional men's soccer team to gain exposure and hopefully bring us some much needed new players for our team. They have also placed a link on their website and vice versa. Right now they are being gracious enough to provide my team mates and I some jerseys, pants and shoes so we can look a little more like a professional athletic team.
Good things are happening!
My name is Cameron Broyles, I'm 16 years old and I started my blog 5 years ago when I was 11. I have paraplegic cerebral palsy and cannot communicate in a traditional fashion. I am home-schooled now but I used to go to main stream public school. My love of exploring first began with going on field trips to learn about history. I play power soccer and it's become my sport of choice! I am originally from Texas but now I live in Colorado and LOVE it! I love to travel and explore but the majority of times it is much more difficult than the average person. I want this blog to not only be my mouthpiece for my friends and family but also give some ideas and maybe light a spark for other people with disabilities to get out and explore life! I was first coerced into starting a blog from my mom and dad and I have to admit that sometimes it's not my favorite thing to do but what I love most about having a blog for these past 5 years is that it's a daily reminder of all my blessings from God and how grateful and thankful I am for everything I have in my life.