Thursday Sunshine courtesy of Trenton

Today snow flurries have been spotted in the DMV so a little sunshine is much-needed 🙂

*Hat tip to one of my favorite blogs, BlackandMarried with Kids for sharing this story of Trenton Gilstrap, a high school senior, who gives back by helping other young people cope with their own disabilities.

From the Huffington Post:

Though epilepsy and Asperger’s syndrome sometimes get in the way when Trenton Gilstrap socializes with his high school friends, his conditions haven’t interfered with his educational dreams, CNN reports.

Trenton hopes to become a biomedical engineer and was recently accepted  — on a full scholarship —  to the University of Pittsburgh.

“It makes me feel like all that work, all that struggling, all that crying at home alone finally equals success,” Trenton told the news outlet.

While Trenton is satisfied with his accomplishments, he wants to make sure that other young people, suffering with similar disabilities, have the same opportunities.

So, Trenton and his mom, Tatia, launched the Hidden Inspirations Project, a nonprofit that offers scholarships to kids living with a range of disabilities.

“The more we’ve found out how different he is, the more we’ve been able to bridge the gap in people’s lives — especially mine,” Tatia told CNN.

Watch the CNN video here.

What I love most about this story is Trenton’s very mature understanding of his peers’ struggles and his desire to lend a helping hand. The irony? This from a young man who supposedly lacks empathy, hmmmm…..

How awesome is Trenton? Who knows more about autism and related disorders: you, me or the professionals? Do you know how to embed non-YouTube videos? Leave your sunshine below.



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  1. Man! I absolutely love this kid!

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