(Article from the Canadian Down Syndrome Society.)
Michael Meehan, an 8-year-old from Stittsville has been named a Canadian Down Syndrome Hero. The Heroes, announced to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day (March 21), are five individuals from around Canada who teach others to “See the Ability.”
Michael’s positive spirit and inspiring attitude has helped him persevere through his diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This has not deterred him from becoming a leading fundraiser who has helped raise thousands of dollars for CHEO.
“Michael has not necessarily been dealt the fairest hand in life but he has made the most of it and has helped others in the process. Michael lives his life in such a way that no one sees a disability. They only see a bright and happy 8-year-old who is bravely fighting cancer. He is our hero,” wrote his father, Joe Meehan in an emotional nomination.
The Heroes are awarded $500 to put toward their education, a special goal or project or to donate to another organization of their choice. Michael is donating his award to the CN Cycle for CHEO campaign.
The other 2015 Heroes are Megan Allard, from Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, Andrew Banar from Windsor, Ontario, Emily Boycott from Acton, Ontario and Angel Magnussen from Port Alberni, British Columbia.
World Down Syndrome Day gives people around the world the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by people with Down syndrome. More information on World Down Syndrome Day and the Canadian Down Syndrome Heroes is available at www.cdss.ca.
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is a vital resource linking individuals, parents and professionals through advocacy, education and providing information. The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is proud to be the voice of Canadians with Down syndrome and their families.