Not only has Chuy watched Brandon for a few hours, but overnight as well. For three seasons Chuy even walked the bases with Brandon so he could play in the Challenger’s (baseball) League in Pendleton. Watching Brandon at Special Olympics and a special bowling league helped fill Chuy’s already-busy schedule.
“I enjoy being around him,” he said. “I was a peer tutor with the special education kids, too. We are all God’s children so we’ve got to love one another.”
Somehow he also finds time for the Anderson Area Children’s Choir, the Senior Executive Council and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). To make ends meet for his family, he is working at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Services and Ruby Tuesdays.
“He is very personable,” said Madewell. “He has this warmth and compassion about him. He’s a big, strong guy, but he is always available to everyone in the church to help with what they need.”
Looking ahead, Chuy is trying to acquire some scholarships and hopes to enroll for some core courses at Ivy Tech next year. With an eye on a nursing degree (with the high goal of nurse practitioner), he plans to transfer to Ball State or Indiana University when the finances are available.
“I’ve always been a people person,” he said. “I like to help people.”