Bryleigh Young was a beautiful inspiration to the world, whose smile inspired others to be kinder and gentler to one and other. She lived her life with love and courage and fought fiercly to overcome battles brought on by Cerebral Palsy. Bryleigh tragically lost her fight at the tender age of five, but her legacy of living each day with a happy heart lives on. Our family was blessed to have been a part of her life and continue to be close friends with her family.
Bryleigh and our daughter Olivia were the best of friends. Although both girls were non-verbal, their connection could be heard in the hearts of anyone around them. They had much in common; both redheads with fierce determination, proving to the world to never underestimate the spirit of an extraordinary child, often inspiring those around them to be better and to do better. Bryleigh and Olivia were both warriors in the fight against Cerebral Palsy who inadvertently became advocates, educating those around them to look beyond the disability and see the person within.
In honor of Bryleigh, Living Outside The Lines is developing a scholarship program in her name. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual with special needs and/or physical disabilities, who has become a beacon in their community through advocacy, volunteer work, or leadership, and who is graduating from high school in Nova Scotia to pursue secondary education or training. The application for the scholarship fund can be found here.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”~Nelson Mandela