Inclusive Friendships

Hi, my name is Mary Prindle.

I am a 13 year old and a member at the Center. I have two incurable diseases, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) and Dysautonomia, and having those diseases is hard. My family and I found the Center four years ago. I could not go to school and I wanted to go somewhere I could have fun and be a kid again. One of the many reasons I like going to the Center is because I can express my creativeness through henna, iPad art, drawing, and having fun with friends I made there.

Mary with her grandpa on his birthday!

I really like the staff and volunteers, like Matt. He is one of the volunteers (he a cool guy), and Sam, one of the staff members (she’s really fun and nice) same with all the others. What I also like about the Center is I don’t have to worry about is getting made fun of for my conditions. That’s why I like the Center, it’s inclusive.

Mary in cosplay at the Grand Rapids Comic Con
Mary doing an art project at the Center.

What I also like about the Center is I don’t have to worry about is getting made fun of for my conditions. That’s why I like the Center, it’s inclusive.

-Mary Prindle, CHC Member

Mary at a CHC jam session!