The Midlothian Heritage Jaguars football team won their game, making them AAAA district champions. It seems to me they had a bit of luck on their side when the newest cheer team was at their final home game, cheering them on. The Pride Cheer team is a new cheer squad designed for the special education students wanting to participate on the cheerleading team. Thank you to Coach Kelsey Mayfield for being the champion for these three girls and boy. (boy not pictured here) The original cheerleaders are very excited to be a part of our kiddos' lives in this way. It's a beautiful thing!
Maddie absolutely had a ball being on the football field holding up the pom-poms and yelling, "GO JAGS!!"
You guessed it: Spongebob Squarepants
For Maddie's Sake held its tenth Saturday Social, an inclusion dance with an Under the Sea and Luau theme. We had a great time dancing with several fitting characters like Spongebob, Arial, Surfers, and more. Over 170 people showed up and supported our cause by making a donation and dancing. Pizza, games, pictures, dancing, and door prizes were enjoyed by many.
We are thankful for the volunteers pictured below. We had people helping from Midlothian High School and Heritage High School, as well as the board members of For Maddie's Sake, Inc.
In my early years, my mom and dad struggled to make life as normal as possible for me. The fears they had when I was born 15 1/2 years ago was real. They never paid attention much to people who were considered disabled before then. My, how time has changed. While I still try to succeed at learning new words and learning to chew, my mom and dad just love me and are so proud of me no matter how much I know or do. They want what's best for me. All I want is to always have them in my corner and to have friendships for a lifetime.
My mom read this story On Radical Acceptance (& not fixing your kid). It seems to me this is the way to be in this world.
Look at me! I'm dancing with all these tall people. Okay....okay....I'm little, but I'm loud! All About Dance has a fun adapted dance program for kids like me. It's pretty fun and I have lots of friends there. We all accept each other for who we are. It's awesome! This year's recital was a Circus theme.
My mom, dad, Neader and Maw came to watch me dance. I'm glad I felt good enough to dance; I've been a little under the weather lately.
You would not, could not, want to miss,
a Saturday Social inclusion dance such as this!
You want to come, so you say?
Wear your favorite Dr Seuss character
to the most fun dance partay!
That's just what they did. On Saturday, April 9, 2016, people of all abilities and ages came either as they were, or dressed up in characters such as Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, Fox, The Lorax, Horton, Cindy Lou, and other members of Whoville from the story Horton Hears a Who. The most popular costume was Thing 1 and Thing 2. Maddie dressed up as Miss Thang with her parents as Thang Mom and Thang Dad.
DJ C-Dov (Curtis Rice) filled the room with lights, fun smoke, and of course dancing tunes. Yep, we did the Wobble, Cupid Shuffle, Macarena and more. While some people were dancing, others were eating pizza ordered from Mo's Italian Deli and Cafe (downtown Midlothian) which was sponsored and paid for by laddermanhomeinspections.com. And some had fun playing air hockey and foosball. Many people posed for pictures with the ever-so-tall Cat in the Hat and Things 1 & 2.
The dance was a huge success with over 150 people in attendance. This couldn't have happened without the wonderful volunteers. A shout out to them:
We truly appreciate all of the people who brought their families to enjoy a fun night out while creating a positive environment bringing people of all abilities together for the sake of each other.
Hosted by the Arc of Dallas, the 2016 March for Respect event had 5,000 in attendance at the Main Street Garden Park in downtown Dallas.
The March for Respect is a one-mile walk in downtown Dallas, where people show their support for individuals with intellectual or development disabilities.
For Maddie's Sake hosted a group to participate and we gathered up 100 people from all over the metroplex.
Maddie's mom and grandmother met many inspiring individuals in the disability community at the Third Annual Living with a Disability conference held in Hurst, Texas on February 21, 2015, hosted by Texas Parent 2 Parent. We enjoy visiting with people who share their experiences that can help so many people. It doesn't matter if you are a new parent of a child with a disability or whether you have been going through the motions for years. There is something to be learned by everyone.
Here are some highlights and things that make you go, “Hmmmm”:
As usual, the conference was awesome. It's an annual conference and I hope that you can attend with me next year. I'll be sure to send registration info in 2016 to the For Maddie's Sake email distribution list as soon as I get the information.
Donna Dixon, Co-founder of For Maddie's Sake, Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org
MIDLOTHIAN, TX - October 19, 2014, Donna Dixon
For Maddie's Sake, Inc. presented its seventh inclusion dance to the greatest people on earth in Midlothian, Texas on October 18, 2014. Over 100 people prepared to be amazed at the sights of our dancers and magnificent circus-like performers.
We started off the night with some funky circus tunes by DJ Carl of Fire Bird Entertainment while everyone enjoyed yummy pizza from Sam's Pizza & Pasta, popcorn, cotton candy, animal crackers, and cookies brought in by our wonderful volunteers. Thanks to the lovely tattoo-like artists, children of all ages got their very own circus tats; temporary ones of course.
The dance floor was filled with children and adults of all ages. It was so awesome to look up and see several of Maddie's school friends, classmates, her educators and therapists. We hold these dances semi-annually for the community while we enjoy meeting many new people at every dance. Keep telling your friends so we can continue the fun for everyone for years to come.
THANK YOU TO OUR ENTERTAINMENT
Before we ended the night's festivities with the ever-so-popular door prizes, the amazing circus acts showed us their stuff! We had Ruby the Clown (Amy Jordan) showing us her tricks and pulling her red wagon with two stuff dogs; the amazing Hoop Dancer, Sarah Keane, who showed us what hula-hoop dancing is all about in style and with great poise; and the infamousUnicyclist, Tricky Ricky (Rick Lipsius) who reminds us of a little band called One Direction. What troopers they were to come entertain us with their charming talents.
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS
Popcorn/sweets donors/servers: Hannah & Vickie Simpson, Tracy Newton, Christine Lowrance, Sheila and Bubba Williams, Rachel Dixon & Roger Acosta, Leigh Ann Fox, Megan Salmon, Linda Keane
Tattoos donor: Jill Hannebaum; placed by: Victoria Tacker, Gabriella Tacker, Sunny
Dance setup crew: everyone listed above plus Pat DeWeese, Jill Hannebaum, Robert Lowrance, Paul Newton, Tori Harris, Meleah Cushman, Richard & Donna Dixon
Door prizes donors: Vickie Simpson, Gay Lollar, Chris Williams
Prize drawing helpers: Victoria Tacker, Gabriella Tacker, Tori Harris, Donna & Richard Dixon
Volunteers make everything right! We have lots of help creating successful dances. They help us make sure we have what we need. Any time we ask them to spend time making our vision come to life, they are there!
We held an Appreciation Dinner for our regular volunteers and For Maddie's Sake board members in conjunction with our board meeting last night, September 6, 2014.
The Ranch at Las Colinas, Texas was a great place to have our dinner since they were so accomodating. Service was great and the food was unique and tasty. We had the best waiter (and professional photographer) who was so enthused with our organization and our cause, that he wanted to buy a dance picture album. We generously gave him one from our latest dance, "Halloween in March". Check out www.MichaelTrinityPhotography.com
"My name is Maddie and I'm a small teenager who enjoys life and has fun wherever I am!"
"There's more to me than just my special needs and my diagnoses. People are very curious about me and I don't mind sharing.
I was born with a rare disorder Feingold Syndrome which consists of my most noticeable characteristic,
Microcephaly (small head). Mommy says mine is cute and petite...just like me!
"God gave it to me, so I thought I'd wear it."