“A Place Where I Can Be Myself”

By Lauren Anderson, Sunday December 1, 2019

Manuel came to the lights at Lighthouse at the age of six with health condition called bone dysplasia, which is a congenital disease that presents with deformation, fragility, and weakness in the bones. He is often in pain yet he never complains.

Manuel has been a great encouragement for all his friends as well as his teachers since he was in elementary school. He describes the Lighthouse School as a place where he can be himself, not discriminated against because of his health condition, but rather included and motivated and supported by the school community. 

Twelve years later, we’re excited to share that Manuel is in the last year of high school at the Lighthouse! Manuel inspires us to continue helping others as he has become an example for others in our community.