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Chris Rampley behind Mitch McKinney, Allison Blakely Rampley behind Lauren Blakely
Chris Rampley and Allison Blakely Rampley behind Mitch McKinney and Lauren Blakely. Allison is Lauren’s sister.

Each month, the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) features individuals with disabilities, family members, and professionals who work in disability services or advocacy. The stories are inspiring examples of people who overcome obstacles, speak up for others, and work for a world in which disability is not a barrier to living life to the fullest.

February’s featured members are Lauren Blakely and Mitch McKinney, a committed and loving young couple who happen to both have Cerebral Palsy. Lauren is the oldest daughter of Christy Blakely, former Executive Director of Family Voices Colorado. Their words of wisdom include:

When asked if there was anything they wanted to share with the CCDC membership the message was simple.  “Don’t be afraid to dream big because it can work.”

Sam Murillo, Family Navigator
Sam Murillo, Family Navigator

CCDC previously featured Sam Murillo, one of our own Family Navigators, as their November person of the month. Sam’s experience as a family member and caregiver to his two brothers with disabilities deeply informs his work with families at Children’s Hospital Colorado and in the community. You can read Sam’s profile at this link: Sam Murillo – CCDC Feature Nov 2012, or by scrolling down on CCDC’s Featured Members page.

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Family Voices Colorado believes that parents of children with special health care needs should not be alone when they face the scary and confusing task of securing care for their children. Every day we give parents the information and strength they need to navigate complex health care systems in order to get things like wheelchairs, oxygen, or surgery for their children. With our help, parents are able to be the heroes their children are counting on.

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