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Brisilda Dreams of Giving Gratitude to President Obama

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and mail to:
President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 10500

Please Make My Dream Come True
By: Brisilda

My name is Brisilda and I am a seventeen year old girl with cerebral palsy and this is my story.

I was born in Albania on September 28, 1994. I was born unlike all the other babies born that day as I was premature and only weighed three pounds. As sad as it was for my parents, they were still hopeful that I would grow, but that was not the case. I wasn’t growing as expected and the doctors didn’t realize I had cerebral palsy and hip problems. I endured surgery after surgery with my parents expecting that soon after I’d be able to walk. None of them were a success and they spent money they didn’t have and I endured pain I didn’t deserve.

My parents contacted my grandparents that live in the great country of the United States who told them to come to the U.S. and everything would be okay. We finally got our visas and my mom and I hopped on a plane to NYC. My grandparents began taking me to the best orthopedic doctor they could afford. Soon we found out that I was born with cerebral palsy and that all of the surgeries I had were fruitless and that in order to walk I needed therapy. At first it was as painful, but before I knew it I was walking with the assistance of braces and a walker. These gifts were something I could never had and had never even wished for back in Albania.

My happiness was short lived when we found out my little sister had been burned on most of her body by boiled milk. My mother had to return to Albania to take care of my little sister who nearly died from her injuries. It was so painful because I was born disabled and now my little sister was burned. I couldn’t help but think “why would God do this to us?” I tried to see the bright side and remembered the old saying “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

If you are strong, good things are just around the corner. My grandparents adopted me and I was able to stay in the country I love so much! Ever since then my life has been wonderful, just as they have promised. They have made my life so much easier by taking care of me and giving me things that I could never have in Albania. They have taught me that hard work pays off and that in the beautiful country of America anything is possible if you believe and try to make it happen. I always remembered what my mother said about America, that it is beautiful, the doctors are wonderful, and everyone is equal. Growing up in the U.S, I see that it is true.

I go to Clifton High School and I am a sophomore. Everyone respects me and I have the one thing I have always wanted, a friend. I still cannot walk normally and use a walker but I try to make the best out of it. My friend Ashley takes me to the mall, I study very hard and twice a week I go to the Boys and Girls Club for extra tutoring. I have even received high honors. I am thankful for all my blessings and keep a smile on my face no matter what.

I have a dream to meet the great President Barrack Obama. President Obama is a reminder of the strength that my family has found in our unity and he is a reminder of the unity that is in America. He gives me so much hope and it isn’t just because he is the president. To me he is fearless, he is a symbol of our great nation and his belief that change can happen reminds me that they can, no matter what circumstances. He reminds me that it is okay to be different, as long as you are true to yourself and honest and hardworking, and he reminds me that anything is possible. President Obama has faced so many problems trying to become president and yet his determination is what allowed him to succeed and what he has accomplished makes me believe that even I can do anything.

It would make me so unimaginably happy if I could just meet President Obama and his family to tell him that his triumph over adversity makes me strive to live every single day.

So can you please, make my dream come true?

Write letter of request and send to:
President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 10500

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