May has been an exciting month for our Founder and Executive Director, Mary Leighton!
Dr. Mary Leighton!
Mary was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters on May 20th, 2017, from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She was awarded the doctorate for her groundbreaking work with children with limb loss and their families, and for the impact that she has made touching the lives of so many people.
She was invited to deliver the commencement speech to the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac. Speaking before the graduating class of 2017, she shared memories of her path in life, as she moved toward realization of her passion and her actions in making this vision come to fruition.
“I didn’t do things in the typical order, she said. “Your life choices might take you down a different path, if you follow your heart. That’s okay. Every path you take can teach you something.”
“I realized going through life you’re not alone, and it’s about community,” she said. “Changing the lives of others is the most important thing.”
“Your path may lead you in various directions. But what you want to leave the world with is how you can make the world a better place. There are so many opportunities. You need to be ready and open to them.”
To view the commencement speech please follow this link: https://livestream.com/
Welcome Baby Benjamin! Mary gave birth to her first child May 8th, 2017, at 10:56pm. Benjamin Thomas Leighton Branagan weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well enjoying quiet time at home. Mary is limiting her work schedule for the next few months. If you have immediate needs regarding camp information, please feel free to email Melanie Dash, Program Director. If you are in need of questions for Mary, please be advised that a response may take a few days, or you may receive a response from another staff member. Thank you for your understanding during this wonderful new time!