I AM ONLY DOING WHAT GOD PUT ME ON THIS EARTH TO DO, AND IF THAT MEANS I CAN HELP ONLY 1 CHILD BY DOING SO, THEN MY JOB IS DONE. I LOVE THE CHILDREN I WORK WITH, VOLUNTEER FOR, AND HOLD IN MY HEART...THEY ARE MY TRUE HEROES!
Mary Beth lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts, and was nominated by her friend, Tanya. Tanya says, “She oozes love and kindness, and that's what draws you to her. However, what makes her such an amazing person is her commitment to children with autism. Mary Beth is a champion for children with special needs. She has one son that is autistic (Mason 9 years old), but that does not deter Mary Beth from fighting for ALL children with special needs. She serves as a liaison for many families who do not know where to begin on their respective autism journeys. She fights for equality and inclusion for all children regardless of their abilities.”
Mary Beth does ALL this while working full-time as a Special Education teacher’s aide, and she’s currently working on her Masters of Elementary Education in Mild to Moderate Disabilities. “She's gone before the state government to discuss kids with special needs and how to keep them safe, Tanya says, “She and her son Mason have also been featured in a fundraiser for one of the largest children's hospitals in Boston. She embraces all obstacles and faces them head-on with style and grace, and she personifies a woman that makes ‘the world ridiculously awesome!’”
Mary Beth says she learned her advocacy from her grandmother, Babba, who was a “fierce leader and champion for all children with special needs” and modestly explains, “I am only doing what God put me on this Earth to do, and if that means I can help only 1 child by doing so, then my job is done. I love the children I work with, volunteer for, and hold in my heart...they are my true heroes!”