Age | 11

Photographer| Laurie Breeden Callies

I chose to photograph my dad. I like my dad because he is funny and always plays with me. One of our favorite places to go is the beach. I like taking pictures of my daddy. He makes me feel happy because he is nice and teases me. He makes me laugh. I love to go to the store with him. He lets me pick the apples and bananas. He cooks breakfast for me. I’m proud of him because he works fast and he works hard to take care of my family and he is always happy. He always makes me happy. He likes to watch me at Special Olympics and he yells, “Hooray!” “Daddy, I would like you to run (exercise) so you will be with me for a long time.”

I am beautiful.
I can play the piano and dance hula.
I will be a runner.

Ilima came to us at age six and is one of five children in our family. She is like a shining star in our lives. She likes to smile and gives lots of hugs. I am proud to be her father. Ilima made me realize that my problems in life can’t compare to what she goes through every day. My hurdles are her mountains…one day, she will reach the top. She has accomplished much as a child and my dream for her is that someday she will become semi-independent. “Ilima, you are my shining star!”

Glenn | Father

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