Maia Chamberlain:

Maia, who attends a nearby high school, is an inspiration to all who know her or watch her. She is in my heart and in my mind. How can so much determination be packed into one young woman? A few years ago, Maia had her first swim meet. Before she finished her first race, she had the entire audience cheering for her including the opposing team. I have known her for a number of years now. All who know her are impressed by her refusal to allow her disability to interfere with what she wants to do. Maia's daily life is full of obstacles, but she does not perceive them as problems. She looks at them as challenges and faces them head-on

 

All of us face obstacles in our lives. It's very easy to come up with an excuse that seems plausible at the time, but in reality we are allowing events to dictate how we live our lives. A great lesson can be learned from watching Maia confront obstacles that seem overwhelming to others. She confronts her challenges in a way that we would all benefit from emulating. Next time you need some inspiration think of this young woman, how much she loves life and refuses to allow its challenges to deter her from living life the way she wants

 

Henry Ford said “If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t do a thing you’re right.” This goes right to the heart of mental attitude and the role it plays in a person’s life. Maia, who has cerebral palsy and, in addition to the loss of motor control, is also unable to speak. She has not let any of that stop her. Maia can communicate very well through a combination of sign language, gestures, and mannerisms. All who know her are impressed by how she refuses to allow her disability to interfere with what she wants to do. Her drive and determination were on display several years ago at a school track meet.

 

This year she was on the Varsity Track Team and ran her best race. It was the 100 meter dash. Maia did not win in the traditional sense, but her strength, determination and refusal to give into her disability should be a lesson in inner courage for everyone. As a result of Maia continued participation each year she received a varsity letter. She was, is and will remain an inspiration to me.

Maia, her Dad, Mom and her Varsity letter

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Running track

Maia and me

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Maia, Andy, And Maddy

Running the Turkey Trot

Icee skating

Heading to the Prom

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