In today’s episode, we’ll be continuing our conversation with Jim Beaugez from Special Olympics Mississippi. In this episode, we’ll be primarily focused on Special Olympics as an organization. You’ll learn about the creation of the organization, what types of training and services they offer across the state, success some of our own athletes have achieved on the national level, and the impact their work is having on the families of their athletes.
In Episode 5 of the DGMS Podcast, Lane interviews Jim Beaugez, Public Relations and Communications for Special Olympics Mississippi.
You’ll learn about his journey of to serving on staff with Special Olympics Mississippi, some of the most rewarding aspects of his job, and why he is committed to doing good in the lives of Special Olympic athletes and their families.
Learn more about Special Olympics Mississippi at www.specialolympicsms.org
In Episode 4 of the DGMS Podcast, Lane interviews Bryce Yelverton from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ‘s Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter.
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. They work hard to be the voice for those affected by the disease and hope to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.
Learn more about this organization at https://www.lls.org/mississippi-louisiana
Nothing brightens a room quite like the smile on Mackenzie Wilbanks’ face.
Born with an extremely rare genetic disorder, Mackenzie, now almost 5 years old, is profoundly disabled and has never been able to walk or form words to talk, or even eat for sustenance. But at The Little Light House – Central Mississippi, Mackenzie makes progress daily with a song in her heart.
“She gets excited to go to school, more than words can describe. And she sings lots of songs … songs about the days of the week and the weather, Christian songs and children’s songs. Anything and everything that she does is music,” said her mother, Chelcie WIlbanks of Ridgeland.
While smiling and singing may seem like small victories to some, being part of the group and participating in class have made a significant difference in Mackenzie’s world, Wilbanks noted.
It all started in 1981 when a group of six families rallied together behind a common vision- to create an organization that drastically improved the quality of life physically, mentally, and spiritually for adults living with special needs. At the time, no such program existed in the Jackson metro area, and since its inception, not one person involved with The Mustard Seed has left unchanged.
When Leslie Lee opened Elegance Ballroom Dance Studio seven years ago, she was literally by herself in downtown Meridian. “There was nothing on this street when I first built this studio. It was just an abandoned building with kids smoking pot on the front step,” said Lee of her Front Street business, located just three blocks down from Union Station. “I used to have to call the police a couple of times a month.”