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Road To Responsibility employee continues to beat odds, inspire others

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Posted Feb 17, 2017

This past summer, Femita Ayanbeku sent an email to Chris White, Road To Responsibility President and CEO, with a small request.

She had been selected to be a part of the Team USA Paralympic track and field team, and the team was heading to Rio de Janeiro.

This was literally a chance of a lifetime for Ayanbeku. The only problem was she didn't have enough time off to continue on to Rio with her team.

Ayanbeku started working at RTR about three years ago part time, while she was still in college. When she graduated, she was offered a full time position at RTR and now provides daily support services at the RTR supportive home in Abington that serves 11 adults.

White recognized the uniqueness of Ayanbeku's request and knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime for her. He responded with encouragement and reassurance that her job would be waiting for her when she returned.

Ayanbeku hasn't always been a runner; in fact she has only been running for about a year. This discovery came basically by accident when she was given a running blade at an event she attended with a friend. Ayanbeku tried it on, and started running. The blade "felt natural," unlike her other prosthesis, and from that point on all she wanted to do was run.

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