To all those Pegasi who took me under their wings and guided me to become the person I am today. Without you, this journey would never have happened.
I want to pay homage to the following people:
To Chris. My husband has given me security and love in so many ways. His love and support allowed me to finish this book, to travel and see the world like I never could before, and—the ability to keep giving to others.
To my mother, Katie. I couldn’t ask for a better mother, teacher, and advocate. She taught me to be who I am today. I was blessed with a mother who went to ANY lengths to make me the person I am today. My heart swells with everything she gave and taught me. Cheers Mama!
To Al Gilbert, my loving dance teacher, who gave from his heart unconditionally, never asking for anything in return but my smile.
To Robert Baker, for his mentorship during my college years, and for taking me under his wing, giving me the knowledge for which I desperately thirsted.
To Sean P. Dineen, for his brilliance, his devotion, and especially for his belief in me.
To Ms. Leslie Fanelli, who shared many hours of her time improving my writing to realize my vision of this story!
To Peyton Stafford, who came into my life as an answer to my prayer. His unreserved friendship has taken me to new heights, enabling me to soar beyond the celestial stars. His unconditional benevolence and kind-heartedness have made my voice heard, changing the landscape of society and how people with cerebral palsy are viewed. I will never forget this. He has made my dream of over 30 years take shape. He has changed my life. I will forever be grateful to him for his unwavering support, regard, and truthfulness. I will forever be thankful for his staunch grace and guidance. And I will forever be thankful for his comradeship and commitment to my project. His expertise and proficiency made it happen. His unselfish acts of loving kindness have made my book a reality.
Original text ©2023 by Karen Lynn-Chlup. All rights reserved.