Back in March I asked my clients and followers to nominate super special Senior!
Someone who goes the extra mile.
Someone who makes this world brighter.
Well, it doesn’t get much brighter than this sweet girl.
In her aunts words….
Eleven years ago when I met my husband and I was introduced to his family and I met Sabrina. Sabrina was seven years old and as cute and sweet as little girls usually are at that age. I knew Sabrina would grow up to be a beautiful woman someday, which she is, but the beauty inside of her is blinding. Her heart never stops thinking of others. She has taught vacation bible school for the last four years, she volunteers and does it from her heart. She is part of a service youth group that does community service projects like the giving tree, the food pantry , and she makes blankets for sick children. She took a mission trip to help at a pregnant shelter and she volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.
She is in the Best Buddies program at Lyons township high school where she is currently a junior on the honor roll. Her best buddy is Tori and they attend events together for school and out of school and engage in the typical talk on the phone like girlfriends do in high school. She has also been a buddy within special olympics organized sports since grade school.
Sabrina has a cousin who is a few years older than her with Autism and has always cheered for Leanne at special Olympics when she is participating. Sabrina advocates for all her cousins but especially for Leanne with Autism, TJ with Auspergers , and Dillon with Down Syndrome. I still remember when Sabrina wrote a paper in school and included Dillon in it and talked about Down Syndrome and how he is like all other kids. She escorted Dillon at the NADS fashion show this year and also wrote his bio for the program. Her mother told me she was honored to be walking Dillon down he runway. We recently moved to the western suburbs to find a good school system for Dillon and Sabrina has already scouted out LTHS for us and told us it is the perfect place for Dillon when he is old enough.
I see it In her eyes when she is with kids with special needs that they are just kids and no different than other kids and she treats them all equally.
Sabrina does all of these kind things but she doesn’t want anyone to make a fuss about her. She is never looking for praise or accolades. According to her she isn’t doing anything out of the ordinary.
Being a parent of a child with special needs I worry about the future when I am not here but I’ve come to realize that Sabrina will always make sure that Dillon will always be loved and that he is living a safe and happy life as independent as possible.
Sabrina Banff Pusatera is a junior at LTHS and my niece. Our family is blessed to have her.
She is a beautiful image of kindness, pure and unconditional love, I am so happy to know her! I can not WAIT to see where you go Sabrina! Love Katie