Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Down syndrome doesn't keep Cordova man from living full life

Get It Down; 31 for 21

By Mary Powers , Memphis Commercial AppealSunday, May 3, 2009

The Monday morning soup kitchen had just closed when his boss arrived with his next assignment -- vacuum the four second-floor classrooms.

"This is my baby," Kenny E. Thielemier Jr. joked, as he retrieved the upright vacuum cleaner from the closet and headed down the hallway to the elevator.

He spent the next 15 minutes moving chairs and managing the vacuum's long cord as he and the appliance moved efficiently from room to room.
Before his work day ended nearly six hours later, he swept and mopped floors, carried bags to the trash bin outside and refilled the votive candles in the sanctuary of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

After three years as a part-time St. Mary's custodian, Kenny, 23, of Cordova, knew the routine.
After the recent breakup with his long-time girlfriend . . .

YOU CAN READ THE REST OF THE STORY BY CLICKING HERE OR ON THE TITLE. It's sort of long, but a great human interest piece.

1 comment:

Lacey said...

What a great story!