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Deon 'The Miracle' Child
Deon & Adrian at Basketball Practice
Deon & Adrian at Basketball Practice
Deon 'The Miracle' Child

One thing I first noticed about Deon is his strong determination to succeed in life. Over the past two years he has been my student, taking classes in computer science. If you interacted with him you would not know that this loving, caring and ambitious 20 year old had to overcome so many obstacles in his life. As I got to know the family better and also reading the book Unlimited Power: Achieving the Impossible, which tells his life story, I'm truly amazed. I found out that Deon was born a vegetable with many other complications and if he lived to be five his mom would be lucky. Having what I would call a "You can, if you think you can attitude," Deon as well as his mom have taken an impossible situation and turned it into something glorious. I have had the pleasure of seeing him graduate from Piper High School with honors; I would say that this was Deon's proudest moment to date. He calls himself "Differently Abled", which can only place a smile on your face because it is really true. High school graduation is only the beginning for Deon, he intends to pursue college, get his own apartment and become as independent as the guy next door. Deon is also involved with several extra-curricular activities; he's a member of the City of Sunrise Police Department Explorer program which focuses on community service and citizen involvement, he's a basketball and volleyball defense guard on a Special Olympics team, he's avidly involved in church and the list goes on. All I can say is Deon is an amazing young man and with his determination he will go really far in life and I for one will continue to help him in any way I can. Deon reinforces the statement "Dreams do come true."

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Liz Hallford Ward, United States, FL
8/21/2013 9:41:22 PM
I'm not too sure about 'voting' for one of these wonderful people over another--kind of like the Oscars--so many have worked so hard and accomplished so much--have inspired so many. But, I read this story in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and was so moved by Deon and his positive, 'can do' attitude; by his mother, Joanne, who clearly has never failed to fully impart love and hope to her son; and to Adrian, who went into this relationship as a tutor and came out so completely and deeply touched by Deon and his spirit. What a humbling, beautiful story of the three of them, how their lives have intertwined. We should all look at their story and reassess the values and priorities in our own lives. To me, these three folks represent the face of Christ on this earth. Glitz and glam, it is not. Love, respect, helping each other, dedicated effort; it is.

Madeleine Hernandez, United States, FL
8/18/2013 8:07:57 PM
I love this story! It is absolutely awesome!

Gretchen N Vaught, United States, TN
8/3/2011 12:13:14 PM
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Amanda Benefield, United States, FL
5/13/2011 8:18:31 PM
Deon is a good example that God is real and he is able to do anything. There is nothing to hard for God. God is still working Mircles right here on earth. (RIGHT NOW TODAY AND TOMMORROW AND EVER MORE.

Frank, United States, FL
4/28/2011 8:34:11 AM
Great story Deon! Deon is my man!

Dominque A., United States, FL
4/29/2011 10:02:26 PM
Deon and is his mother are such wonderful people. I thank God for allowing me to meet and work with them for the is years i have. Deon i wish you nothing but the best . Keep up the good work honey!

Cheryl Roberson, United States, TX
4/29/2011 5:11:36 PM
Deon is without a doubt an example of God's work. He has achieved some impossible odds and he continue too strive for success in his life. He's a loving person and a spiritual child of God.

Dr. Emily Arnold, United States, OH
4/29/2011 1:27:08 PM
Deon, you are nothing short of a miracle. We can never put limits on our God. Ms. Joanne, you're a true inspiration! Love you much!

Shanae Thomas, United States, FL
4/29/2011 11:23:32 AM
Deon has been apart of the High School High Tech program, and a great youth.

Tanya Mays, United States, FL
4/29/2011 11:14:44 AM
I've had the opportunity to work with both Deon and Ms. McKay, the both are nothing short of remarkable and motivating.

Wendy Novack, United States, FL
4/28/2011 4:27:46 PM
It's been my pleasure to work with Deon and his Mom. He has shown that when the desire is there, greatness surely can be achieved! He is truly an inspiration.

WANDA JOSEPH, United States, FL
4/28/2011 3:43:25 PM
Awesome, Deon is chosen for greatness. Keep flying high and reaching for the stars. Best of luck!

Tonya Frost, United States, FL
4/18/2011 5:33:22 PM
Congratulations in advance to Deon & Ms. Jo. I know this is one of many special accomplishments God has specifically for you.

Yoshiko Benefield, United States, FL
4/18/2011 4:56:14 PM
I have known Deon for so many years. He is an awesome young man. What God did in his life shows that God is a Miracle worker. I know that God will continue to bless him and use him for the glory of God.

Ms. Nelson, United States, FL
4/18/2011 3:05:32 PM
Good Luck

Angela Mcnair, United States, FL
4/17/2011 10:50:53 PM
May the the Peace and Favor of God be upon your life!!! You are a blessingto the kingdom, Love you! Minister Angie

Jaret Vogel, United States, FL
4/17/2011 2:34:59 PM
I was proud to attend Deon's graduation party, surrounded by his many family and friends. He's always thoughtful and polite when I've visited his home.

Margie Williams, United States, GA
4/16/2011 11:04:05 AM
Deon is a true Blessing from God, just goes to prove that man (the Doctors) can say one thing but God has the Final Word. He has beat the odds and will continue too. You go Deon!!!!

Arlisha Canion, United States, FL
4/13/2011 8:33:45 PM
Deon you are great! Continue to share your loving spirit with others... God Bless!!!!!!!!!

Antonio Canion, United States, FL
4/10/2011 6:48:30 PM
May God continue to bless you Deon!

4/10/2011 12:26:02 AM
Deon is a very loving young man. He inspire with his desire to do and say what he wants when he wants. He not afraid to takes chances and is always looking for ways to be more independent. Deon your the best!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amanda Benefield, United States, FL
4/9/2011 2:34:13 PM
This is a amazing story,and a true story. May God continue to bless the mother who realized a dream is real , if you reach for it, and for the child who caught the dream and lived it. God Bless.

4/8/2011 5:11:23 PM
Thank God for his grace and mercy I know the story and I know that Deon life story is a blessing and a miracle wishing him all the best.

Betty Roberson, United States, FL
4/8/2011 5:03:29 PM
Yes it so true every time ii see Deon and how God blessed him it make me know that God is in the healing working business.

shavalerie roberson reed, United States, IL
4/7/2011 9:41:33 PM
A true blessing and miracle!!!

Craig Roberson, United States, GA
4/7/2011 7:17:23 PM
Great story and best wishes!

Sandra Elliott, United States, FL
4/7/2011 5:26:02 PM
Deon is very gifted & blessed. He has accomplished and achieve so much his young life.

Kathy Roberson, United States, TX
4/7/2011 4:48:05 PM
I am a living witness for Deon, I have witness miracles after miracles proformed in Deon life. Deon was a vegetables but through the grace of GOD and a loving praying Mother and family he is now able to be self sufficient and a productive member in society

Estefany Galdamez, United States, TX
4/5/2011 10:15:01 AM
Wow, true blessing & miracle from God! Such an inspiration(:

Carrie Chapman, United States, FL
5/14/2013 7:33:12 PM
I met Deon and his mother, JoAnn McKay at church. I immediately loved Deon because he has such a caring heart. Deon is extraordinary because of all the challenges he has had in front of him, he's a real special person who teaches all of us about perseverance. His unselfish attitude and zeal for life inspires me everytime I am around him. I am truly blessed to have Deon as my friend! You are a superstar in my eyes, Deon....

Jenna, Canada,
5/2/2013 10:20:10 PM
Deon! You are amazing! Keep proving those doctors wrong and never give up! I too have developmental delays and 16 mediacl conditions, and have been told many times I would not make it, but I did and I am still here, playing baseball, bowling, curling and boccai ball for special olympics!

Cathea Comiskey, United States, FL
4/8/2013 12:11:00 PM
This was awesome, way to go Deon!!!

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