Owen & Mal- Living the Dream

$1,265 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 76 months
Owen and Mallory are two young leaders who have worked as advocates for other young adults with disabilities, helping them create goals for their future, and working to make the system allow them to do so.
Together, they have also been building their own future. Both having their own disabilities along for the ride, they have gone through the overwhelming challenge of having to find accessible housing in Boston, that will give them a full quality of life, as Mal is pursuing her master's degree at Boston University!  They will have an incredible, accessible apartment, that is way beyond the average student budget, but for what they need- there were no other options, but segregated living.  Although financial aid offices tell people to "live like a student," it is difficult when as a student, that person can't even make the same sacrifices as everyone else (in terms of average student housing... that is not accessible)!
Owen moved from Nevada, to New England and is navigating the world of finding fulfilling employment.
Through their own experiences, and through the course of their relationship, they have built a following.  Family, friends, but also of other young adults all over the country with disabilities who are watching this journey and learning the steps for their own future. Moving out, or across the country, finding jobs, and apartments, going to school, and having a great relationship is hard enough for a non-disabled young adult, but when you factor in the issues of both young adults having a disability, and having to then think about accessibility, the health care system, and the importance of having good insurance.  There is a whole other layer of importance and meaning in this venture.
Your gift, no matter how small, will help these two live their dreams, and continue to pave the way so that others after them can do the same.  These are our future leaders.... they need to be able to get in the door.
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One of those lovely times, when you are made more aware of the "extra things" that come with living the disability life. Nothing like having your scooter die, while you're trying to plan a wedding!

Barbie has seen us through our first 2 years in Colorado. Two jobs, concerts, food festivals, Pride, family vacations. Without a scooter, this summer of independence will definitely slow down, and carpooling with be the method of commuting. Thanks for all you gave me Barbie.... onto the next one. :(

Anyone who would love to help out to get a new Scootie on the road. We are eternally grateful, for all of our incredible followers. <3
Recreating scooter memories
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Almost 8 months in Denver, CO now, and we are loving it. The support, the weather, the lifestyle. Everything just feels right. We are still navigating the healthcare and employment scene, as Mallory's job is as a temp, and is coming to an end the second week of May. We are grateful for all of our networks, and know that everything will work out, because we are meant to be here! One day at a time! We have no regrets <3
First day in Denver, after 2 timezones!
SuperBowl champs! Go Broncos
Denver sunset
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It has been a wonderful week so far in Denver. We have spent time with great friends, and begun to learn about their health care system and transportation! Everything is so much slower, cleaner, and NICER than in Boston. Today is another day of apartment hunting. Stay tuned, this place could really be where the next chapter unfolds!
Seeing the city with Teresa
but your buses are so CLEAN!!
Exploring Union Station
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Hey everyone! It happened. It really happened. 3 years after moving to Boston so Mal could begin school, she graduated with her Master's in Public Health. Thank you for all the incredible love and support throughout this crazy journey of ours. Time to close the chapter in this book for now. What's next.... a VACATION!!! Some much needed time to rest up before the next big adventure. Stay tuned :)
It's really happening!!!
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$1,265 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 76 months
Created May 30, 2012
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Matthew Wadsworth
14 months ago

Hope you manage to get a scooter with a built-in beer cooler.

Nancy McGuire
14 months ago

Mamabird McGuire says, "May new pink be coming your way soon"..

Caitlin Thompson
14 months ago

Keeping following your dreams... ⭐️

Laurie Beth Mangili-Gaines
38 months ago

Best of Luck Mal & Owen. Wishing you love and laughter. I hope our paths cross again.

40 months ago
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