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Mission Maker: Paul Milano

Mission Maker: Paul Milano

Never being able to walk, drive, dance, run, or stand. That is Paul Milano’s day with ALS, a fatal disease that has an expectancy of 3-5 years after diagnosis. And yet, that is a small part of his story. For three years, Paul Milano has influenced hundreds of students, starting at Jefferson three years ago in my classroom and then following me to Kennedy. He has changed the lives of kids, making them realize they have a gift to share with the world, so they better take advantage of it. From his honesty about his physical depletion, the moral of his story uplifts the kids empathy, making them truly be better community contributors themselves. They have gone out to do acts of kindness among our Naperville and Lisle homes because of Paul. The feedback from the over 300 students has been of gratitude, respect, emotions, and life-changing decisions because of this humble man. Paul knows his fate is sooner than most, yet he lives his life molding our District 203 students into the personification of our mission statement. Paul Milano is a maker of mission makers. #203Unites