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Emily’s Bracelets has made four media appearances so far. Our whole family was interviewed by the wonderful Julie Bragg from CBS 6 News, and PJ was interviewed by local RVA radio host Jeff Katz on The Jeff Katz Show, Newsradio WRVA two times. Jasmine Turner from NBC 12 also came and did a story on Emily’s Bracelets. We are extremely appreciative to Jeff, Julie, Jasmine for what they have done for Emily’s Bracelets. Our entire goal is to spread awareness for Emily’s Bracelets, and to hopefully inspire others with our story. You can checkout all of the stories below.

From the CBS 6 Website:

Title: Chesterfield student diagnosed with cerebral palsy finds purpose in bracelet beading business

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Emily Morrissey is finding her purpose one bracelet at a time.

She realized at a young age that she loves to string beads, and would spend days as a child lining up large beads on pipe cleaners. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth, Morrissey fell in love with beading when she discovered it during occupational therapy when she was only three or four years old.

Now, she’s a junior in high school, and she uses colorful plastic beads to create handmade bracelets.

"It makes me happy to make them for the people who need them,” Morrissey said.

She's now turned that passion into a business called Emily’s Bracelets, and it’s a family affair. Her mother, father and younger brother all work together to fulfill orders that she’s receiving from across the country, but each bracelet is handmade by Emily.

"All of us worked together to find something that utilized her skills, and her passion and the things that she loves, to turn it into something that she can do to feel productive and be a part of society," Emily’s mother Kristin said.

Her father Dan says it can be difficult for children like Emily to find their purpose.

“And it seems simple,” he said, “But bracelets, as she said, are a purpose that make her happy."

Emily plans to keep making and selling bracelets when she finishes high school. She is also donating a portion of her proceeds to her other passion, the Special Olympics. When she's not working on her business, she enjoys competing in bocce.

Her 16-year-old brother PJ now volunteers with the Special Olympics. He also walks Emily into school every day and plays a vital role in her business, building her website and handling all of the social media and customer service for Emily’s Bracelets.

"I like the sense of independence that it gives her,” PJ said. “And, it makes her proud when she sees people wearing the bracelets.”

PJ also wrote a book called “Different” that’s available on Amazon. In it, he shares his experiences growing up with a sibling who has special needs. He also shares advice for other siblings and for parents.

"PJ is the sibling that you hope your child with special needs will have. He`s a protector, he`s an advocate, he loves her beyond words," Kristen said.

Kristin and Dan say they couldn’t be more proud of both of their children.

You can find “Emily’s Bracelets” on Facebook and online.

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From the Newsradio WRVA Website:

Title: A Special Story From A Monacan Student

A Monacan Student Is Selling Bracelets For Cerebral Palsy

PJ Morrissey is a 16 year old Junior at Monacan High School. He reached out to share the story of his sister.

Emily was born in 1998, soon to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Many of her doctors and therapists told her parents that they didn’t think she’d be able to walk without assistive devices, or even do many daily tasks on her own. However, 20 years later she has proven them wrong. She can walk all by herself, make herself food, tie her own shoes (with the help of Snap Laces), and much more we never thought she’d be able to do. One thing that her occupational therapist had her do was string large beads onto strings and pipe cleaners to improve her fine motor skills. She’s done it ever since then, and has now made it her passion. Back in October she launched her very own bracelet website and company for her, where she can sell her creations. It’s called Emily’s Bracelets. If you go to https://emilysbracelets.com/, you can see all that she has created and currently sells. 25 cents from every bracelet sold is donated back to the Special Olympics, as a thank you for all that they have done for athletes like Emily and so many more. 

He also wrote a book, entitled Different, about his life with a special needs sibling. It is available on Amazon here: Different https://www.amazon.com/dp/1542791553/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_p5F.BbBZWW30Y.

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From the Newsradio WRVA Website:

PJ Morrisey is trying to help spread the word for Cerebral Palsy Month! He is part of the Health and Physical Therapy programat Monacan and the Health Occupation Students of America. For his HOSA competition he is doing a community awareness project where he is promoting inclusion all throughout the community. He talks with Jeff about what cerebral palsy is and what it entails. Breaking common stereotypes that people believe in when it comes to people with special needs, and what he has done at Monacan to promote inclusion. He also tells Emily's story a little bit more into detail and promotes the green CP bracelets she makes. You can contribute and support them here!

From the NBC 12 Website:

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.”

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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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