Because so many people helped me on this journey, I decided to write a “Thank You” blog to give shout outs to those who helped me realize my dream.  So, THANK YOU and a Shout Out to:

…My Heavenly Father, first and foremost, for giving me the opportunity to believe in myself and being a father to me all through my life. Without Him I wouldn’t be where I am today.

…My mother for pushing me to believe in the power of possibility and that anything is possible in spite of being deaf.  She reminds me, with my grandmother’s words, to tell myself:  “I can do this!”  My mother always believed in me and taught me to believe in myself.  With her love support, and encouragement she has helped me to make my dream come true.  Mom, thank you for being my mother, and, Mom, “I Believe I Can Fly.

…One of my favorite interpreters who was with me through it all.  She started with me and stayed with me when I enrolled in the Illinois Institute of Art at Chicago in 2005 till 2011.  She supported me, believed in me and also encouraged me to believe that I could do this.  Thank you, Daina Jacobson.

…The staff in the Culinary Art Department and to the General Education staff.  You guys really taught me how to stay focused and I learned a lot.  Being your student was often a challenge, but stuck with it and it paid off in the end.  I thank you for that.

…Ross Peter who designed my logo.  I love every detail about it.  Thank you so much Ross, for designing my logo.

…Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) and especially my teacher who told me it was impossible for me to be a chef because I’m deaf.  I guess I needed that “push” to go forward with my dream.  Again, thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!

…All of my former teachers in Dallas, Texas.  Going to school was the fun part; but, learning was the BEST.  I learned so much that I never stopped learning, and that’s what motivates me now to continue to learn everyday with respect to my baking.

…My family for supporting me and believing me.  I’m surrounded by doctors, career professionals, educators and a priest.  They motivated me to continue with my education and to stick with what I enjoy doing.

…The Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) – Fort Collins – for helping with the funding for getting my business going and selecting extraordinary people to work with me to complete my business plan.

…Joel Terrell: for designing my website.  Thank you so much for doing a really fantastic job!

…Ross & Son Craftsmen for the renovations to my bakery helping me to make it my own little niche.

Last but not least… I want to give thanks to all of the people that I haven’t mentioned.  If you helped me in any way, I thank you for everything.