Sue smiles before cheerleading.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Mosaic in Ellsworth

What comes to mind when you think of a cheerleader? Usually a young, energetic high school or college student experienced in dance and gymnastics. Those qualities do not describe Sue Buchanan, however, yet she is the loudest, most enthusiastic cheerleader on the team.

Sue’s dream of cheerleading became a reality when Mosaic employees noticed Sue cheering her peers on at Special Olympics events. It was evident that Sue’s positive, energetic and enthusiastic nature would make her a great cheerleader.

Special Olympics allows athletes with disabilities to compete in fields such as swimming, bowling, track and field, basketball, and cheerleading. The organization creates opportunities all over the country and allows people the possibilities of becoming star athletes.

Pam Parsons, Direct Support Specialist, was asked to support Sue on this adventure by transporting and supporting her at each practice 

“At first I thought I was going to need to wear the cheerleading uniform as well to blend it. When I found out that wasn’t necessary, I thought to myself, of course I’ll do it,” Pam said. “It was so much fun to see Sue go through such a great experience.”

Due to limited participants here, Mosaic in Ellsworth partners with the Blue Thunder Special Olympics Team in Salina, Kan. Everyone on the team welcomed Sue and they are excited to have a great cheerleader on their team.

“Without Mosaic, Sue would not be able to do the things she does today,” Bert Buchanan, Sue’s mother said. Bert tells Sue’s story at Mosaic’s Discover the Possibilities events.  

Sue plans to participate in other Special Olympics sports in the future, including swimming. With the support of Mosaic’s dedicated staff, Sue’s voice continues to be recognized and respected. 

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