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JAYLA’S LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT hello mr. president barack obama. my name is jayla angel lile. i am 12 years old. i would love to meet you and your family. accident. She also added part of her plan to become someone who can make a difference. As she explained, she was torn between a couple of different career choices, and wasn’t sure which college she would want to attend. At no point was there ever the slightest hint of disappointment, self pity, or entitlement in Jayla’s words or attitude. Rather, she spoke matter-of-factly about the amount of hard work it will entail for her to reach her goals. Her courage shows in every aspect. The staff at Amira Medical Staffing is trained and equipped in handling the physical and mental obstacles involved when caring for and treating someone who has been catastrophically injured. As Amanda (last name withheld) says proudly, “It is our specialized care that sets us apart.”  She is based in Garden City, but services the entire eastern Michigan area, and has been with Jayla as a caretaker for many years. Her voice is filled with warmth and affection as she details the difficulties Jayla has coped with, and the brave face she presents to the world. Amanda is the person who originally reached out to the Flint community to see if a ticket for Jayla to the Obama visit might be possible. By community networking, Jayla obtained a ticket to the president’s visit. Everyone was touched by her story and was eager to assist. Catholic Charities of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties was the organization that was best able to pull some strings. Said Sheila Shegos, Director of Development for the agency, “Once Vicki Schultz, our CEO, heard Jayla’s story, she contacted the White House directly.”  When pressed for the motivation behind the effort, Ms. Shegos replied “Once we heard about her wish, we had to help.” Jayla was seated in the front row and was as thrilled as she could be. Due to the intense media and security coverage, she was not able to actually meet her hero. However, in another demonstration of the tenacity she shows every day, Jayla took it in stride. “I’ll meet him next time” she says, confidently. “I’ve already sent a new letter.”  There is a GoFundMe page started for Jayla, established in the hopes of funding a trip to Washington to meet Mr. Obama. I think I should be able to meet you and your family because, I am a fan of all of you guys, I think you are a wonderful president. I admire you and your family. I admire you because, you are very strong and have self-confidence. I admire your family because, Mrs. Michelle is very thoughtful, nice, and an intelligent First lady and person. Your kids are very beautiful, smart and kind. What about you that inspires me is, you are awesome because, you are the First African American to become president. I get my strength from my nana and mom. My goals and dreams are to get better, get a job that can change the world and maybe become the President, just like you. My journey will be difficult but you give me hope and you give me hope by you following your dreams, by no matter what negative things people say about you or your family, you ignore it, don’t let it control you and move on. You are a legend to me because you are the first African American president. I want to impact the world and make a difference by, helping the less fortunate and orphans and animals that are endangered. I am still deciding on what I want to be when I grow up. I’m deciding between working in the medical field, being a professional chef, a veterinarian or a soldier. 105 InnovativeHealthMag.com


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