Luke Sanford Wolfville, NS 74,119 Votes
Heroes, more often than not, come into our lives unexpectedly. Our hero, Luke, arrived 22 years ago and has been an engaging, motivating, and inspiring influence since that special day. If you used the word “enthusiastic” to describe Luke’s love of life and the way he embraces the opportunities each day offers, it might be an understatement. He actively lives each moment striving to attain his full potential and this philosophy has had a profound impact on the world around him (https://www.facebook.com/lukefinlaysanford).
Luke does not have a specific diagnosis and has significant physical and developmental needs. He has used a wheelchair since he was a pre-schooler. Luke is non-verbal as well as deaf. He has taught himself to read lips and uses a combination of picture symbols, and simple signs and gestures to communicate. The story of his journey confirms his spirit and creativity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz15eS5LeSc).
Luke has a profound influence on many individuals of all ages. He has been a life-changer for many students at Acadia University through their interactions with him as his volunteers with the SMILE Program, as care-givers, and as a friend when they continue to connect with him years after those experiences.
One of his teachers wrote a song about him (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wqGJZ7ziLQ).
Luke graduated from high-school in 2012 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pINLkYqWmQw).
He is now exploring his opportunities as an employee and entrepreneur. He participates in a workshop environment at New Boundaries and is working to establish his business selling popcorn as “The Popcorn Man: Kernel Sanford”.
We are now at the stage where Luke requires an accessible van to continue embracing life to the fullest, and so, we are welcoming the support of voters to help tell the story of our hero and expressing our gratitude for believing Luke embodies the spirit of Life Moving Forward.
There are many times in life where you are faced with the choice to see things as obstacles or opportunities. Luke has shown us that focusing on opportunities will provide a more complete and fulfilling life experience that ultimately leads to wonderful moments for those connected to our lives.
The hundreds of stories that will be shared promoting National Mobility Awareness Month will empower us to appreciate these local heroes who seek no glory, expect no reward, and demonstrate the capacity of unconditional love. We are blessed each day to witness just such a hero at his best, our son Luke.