My mom was half of a dynamic duo that was my parents who wholeheartedly believed that I should be raised as a “normal” kid despite my challenge of living with Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD). As a child, I was encouraged to participate in activities just like any small town boy; ice hockey, soccer and Boy Scouts just like my older siblings. I’m reminded of a time in my twenties, years after my father’s passing, my mom and I were attending an MD chapter meeting and she was telling some other parents of my plans to leave home to attend college. I remember some of the other parents looking at my mom with disdain, thinking how could you let your disabled child leave the safety of home for the big scary world. But that was my mom. Despite her ambivalence and I’m sure fears, she realized that I needed to go and make a life of my own. I’m forever grateful for her love, support and instilling the belief in me that I can achieve anything! I miss you and love you, mom.
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Neil Mercer is a Graphic Designer who works on a freelance basis, some notable projects have been for Tobias House Attendant Care inc., AYAAA a Youth Aids organization in Africa and Spectra Talent Showcase. Alongside his artistic talents Neil keeps active as a Board member of both Tobias House Attendant Care Inc. and Spectra Talent Showcase. He is also a successful event organizer with projects such as DreamsAway, Tobias House Attendant Care Inc. and the Sean Ross Memorial Summer Classic, now in its fourth year. In what spare time he has, Neil is an Goaltender in the Toronto Power Wheelchair Hockey League, an occasional public speaker as well a founding member of Equal Grounds. His interests are Music, Art, Film, Food, and Travel.
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