Instead of getting despondent, “she made it a mission to make a difference,” Dechaux, a Cardinal O’Hara grad, said by phone.
Her online testimonial spells out how: “She co-founded Barrier Awareness of Delaware County and was one of the initial signers of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Washington, DC. She re-learned to drive with hand controls, to swim and to ride horses. An avid swimmer, she even swam laps for a national cancer charity event with our local swim club. As a member of Kid’s on the Block, she visited pre-schools and elementary schools educating children about people with disabilities. She has also been a guest speaker at several Universities.”
At one lecture, Edna met the man who became her husband in 1999.
“She is also the proud Mom-Mom to 6 grandchildren,” wrote Dechaux, mother of two who works as creative director for American Telecast, an infomercial firm that specializes in fitness equipment.
If Escher-Gaston wins, she’d get a variety of state-of-the-art mobility equipment from the foundation, Dechaux said.
To vote, go to www.ChristopherReeve.org/bestmom.
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