Today we’d like to introduce you to Haley Keiffer.
Haley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Our journey with Macy’s Miracles started a little over 2 years ago when we were faced with transitional planning for our daughter, Macy. Macy was born with Chromosome 17 partial deletion, with a rare seizure disorder and is on the autism spectrum.
When Macy was born the doctors told us Macy wouldn’t walk or talk; which she clearly proved them wrong. When she was 16 during her high school ARD meeting we were told the best to expect is our daughter working below entry-level employment and dependent on state benefits. As a mother knowing there was so much more within my child, I could not and would not accept those limitations placed on Macy.
If that would have been what Macy wanted we would of celebrated it, however, we knew she had a flame inside of her to do more! This is the cause that inspired us to create Macy’s Miracles to Educate, Elevate and Empower our special needs community with entrepreneurial/mentorship programs. From that, we expanded our platform with incorporating “Music Monday”, “Special Siblings”, “A.C.E.” and even partnered with Millions Against Bullying to create anti-bullying initiatives on a state, federal and global level.
We saw the way Macy’s Miracles transformed Macy’s life and knew if we could do this for Macy we could do it for so many others. Our mission is to empower our special needs communities worldwide by removing the limitations to raise the individuals thru inclusion!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As one can expect our road has not been easy however it has been worth it. We have had to deal with Macy’s complex medical needs which required multiple hospitalizations. Macy struggles with uncontrolled seizures and developmental delays which affect her sleep-wake cycle.
Despite her medical conditions it never stops Macy from inspiring those she meets whether it is on the red carpets, singing for her Music Mondays or volunteering within her community. Although the challenges with Macy’s health, we have been blessed with the profound support of our special needs communities globally.
Please tell us about Macy’s Miracles.
Macy’s Miracles is a three-fold non-profit which creates Entrepreneurial/Mentorship, STEM, and Anti-Bullying Initiatives within our special needs communities globally.
Macy’s Miracles nominates one special needs teen or adult a year and mentors them with their business and or platform. Our 2016 Entrepreneur was Grant Manier, Eco-Friendly Autistic Artist, Motivational Speaker, and published Children’s Book Author. Our 2017 Entrepreneur was Tori Rash, Miss South Teen Texas title holder, Top Chef Student, and partnered with Grant Manier to co-author a children’s book.
Our 2018 Entrepreneur is Reaghan Velasquez founder of “The Yellow Out Campaign” and Miss Texas Amazing title holder. In 2017, Macy’s Miracles, partnered with Millions Against Bullying to create special needs anti-bullying initiatives on a state, federal and global level. In 2017, Macy’s Miracles, created Music Monday’s program with country singer and co-founder, Seth Keiffer, partnering with local restaurants to promote inclusion within the community.
In 2017, Macy’s Miracles created a program with Macy’s sister, Gracie Keiffer called “Special Siblings by Gracie” to empower and inspire the special needs siblings. In 2018-2019 Macy’s Miracles will be launching our A.C.E. (Adaptive Center of Excellence) facilities in Houston and Dubai. Our A.C.E. facilities will offer a state-of-art indoor equestrian and adaptive sports with a vocational/workforce center incorporating STEM.
What sets Macy’s Miracles apart from other special needs non-profits is we invest our network into our entrepreneurs/mentees to create a net-worth for them. We mentor our mentees to become mentors. Macy’s Miracles has incorporated inclusion based events to remove the limitations to raise our individuals!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I couldn’t say we would do anything different as the journey has been a beautiful one!
- Website: www.macysmiracles.net
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