11-year-old to keynote Oct. 9 RAMP luncheon

Staff Report

RAMP’s 24th annual “Changing Attitudes, Breaking Barriers Luncheon” will be at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, at Cliffbreakers, 700 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford.

RAMP’s mission is to promote an accessible society that allows and expects full participation by people with disabilities.

This year’s featured keynote is 11-year-old Jack O’Neil, his little brother Max and his mom, Heidi. Shocking both his parents and doctors, Jack was born with a set of complicated birth defects, a syndrome so rare it had no name or indication of what this meant for his future. Over time, it became clear that Jack was a fighter with incredible strength and will to not only survive, but to flourish, proving all of his doctors wrong.

Tickets to the luncheon are $40 each or eight for $300 and may be ordered by calling (815) 968-7467 or online at www.stayclassy.org/rampluncheon.

From the Oct. 1-7, 2014, issue

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