A St. Charles mom wants to
give special needs children a safe and welcoming place to play. She sacrificed
her life savings to open such a place. Fox 2’s Dan Gray shows you how she is
our Pay It Forward award recipient. Celeste Brown felt it was so important
for her special needs son to play with children of all abilities, she spent her
life savings to open an indoor playground that is fun, safe, and
inclusive of all kids. More than 1,000 children have walked through the doors
of the We Rock the Spectrum gym in St. Ann since it opened a year ago.
Celeste’s mom nominated her daughter for our Pay It Forward award, a $500 gift
card from First Bank. Here’s how she surprised Celeste at the gym.
Congratulations! On behalf of channel 2 and First Bank, I’m here to
give you a $500 gift card to pay it forward. Celeste was
considering retiring from her job as an administrative assistant at a religious
organization a few years ago, but that changed after she adopted a six-year-old
boy who was on the autism spectrum. I met him and in 15 minutes, I’m getting choked
up, in 15 minutes I knew that he was going to change my whole trajectory and
he did. Now her son and hundreds of other children and all abilities have a
colorful, sensory place with soft equipment to play. Red letters on the
wall display the gyms motto “Finally a place where you never have to say I’m
sorry”. You’re not lessening play for your typical developing children, you’re not
you’re not placing play out of reach for your children with special needs. Our Pay
It Forward award is brought to you by First Bank. If you would like to nominate
a deserving person for the award, a $500 gift card from First Bank, go to fox2now.com and look for the Pay It Forward page. I’m Dan Gray, Fox 2 News.