If you see someone different
smile and say hi
In 2009, Tommy Glatzmayer wanted to write a book. He was six years old. He wanted to
teach his friends about his sister's rare syndrome, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) while still entertaining them. Tommy and his mother wrote the book together.
In grade one, Tommy came home crying because his friends were teasing his sister,
Melanie Glatzmayer. His mother decided to immediately self-publish the book.
In 2010, a school invited the family to present their book. Tommy wanted to do the whole presentation by himself with his sister by his side and their 2 pet rats. Presentation after presentation, school after school, Tommy and Melanie got a little more comfortable on stage.
In Grade 3, Tommy realized his presentations and books were helping all the "Melanie's out there". He was helping everyone accept disability and anyone who appears to be different.
Today, they've made over 60 presentations in schools, hospitals, fundraisers, and conferences. They've appeared more than 70 times on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines; Tommy has succeeded in spreading his message of acceptance and has created awareness for CdLS to over 1 million people in less than 3 years.
Tommy's project has also generated funds through private sponsorship and donations. By June 2014, these funds will have helped distribute over 10,000 books " Tommy and Melanie have two pet rats and one syndrome " to schools, hospitals, conferences and families in Canada and USA.