Meet Andrew & Mercedes
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October 3, 2019 Ron Pearson Center
West Des Moines, IA
Join us on Thursday, October 3, 2019, for an evening of food and friendship at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines for hearty appetizers and desserts prepared by chefs from thirteen area restaurants and Best Buddies Iowa buddy pairs.
My name is Morgan Flynn and I am a senior at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This will be my 3rd year in Best Buddies and it’s crazy to think that time has gone so fast. While being in a leadership role for Best Buddies at my high school, I have attended the Best Buddies Leadership Conference at Indiana University twice, once the summer before my junior year and then the summer before my senior year.
Andrew and Mercedes were matched through Best Buddies in their freshman year of high school, and now four years later, their friendship continues to flourish. They started as mere friends of course but quickly grew close to each other.
It is very important to Jack that people with IDD never feel alone. “Do not doubt yourself, and be confident in who you are. Let your disability make you stronger. Just because someone looks different, or has a disability, doesn’t make them truly different. It does not define who they are!