Family celebrates ‘different abilities’ through custom bracelets, books

Teen celebrates sister's abilities

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield family is celebrating differences and spreading an important message through Emily’s Bracelets.

Emily Morrissey is a 20-year-old with a big smile who loves creating handmade bracelets for the community.

“Everybody likes to have a purpose and we thought a good purpose for Emily would be making bracelets because she loves to do it," her brother PJ said. “She’s been doing it for a long time in physical and occupational therapy since she was a little girl.”

Emily was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after birth, but has never let an obstacle define her or get in her way.

“She saw a whole slew of doctors who said a whole bunch of things - she might be in a wheelchair, she might not be able to walk,” PJ said. “Now here we are 20 years later, and she can walk by herself and she’s making bracelets for everybody.”

A portion of all sales of Emily’s Bracelets goes to support the Special Olympics, something the Morrissey family is passionate about.

“I don’t think there’s really any disability, just different kinds of abilities," PJ said.

PJ, a Monacan High School junior, says he is inspired by his sister’s outlook on life and has self-published two books - “Different” and “Changed” - about life with a special needs sibling.

“She has no worries in the world, nothing really bothers her ever, she sees people equally," he said. “I get to see life through a lens that nobody else will get to see. It’s unique to me and Emily.”

PJ feels it is important to share his perspective to help other families embrace the gift they have been given.

“After people read my books, I hope they will kind of learn to see past people’s disabilities and see people for who they truly are,” PJ said.

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