Seniors in Campus Minister, Mr. Mike Blanchette's, Theology classes welcomed a very special visitor on Thursday, February 27th. Amy Liss, from Downers Grove, joined the students to talk about her life of service and how to live each day with an "attitude of gratitude." She has been visiting Montini and inspiring students (and faculty members) for 14 years. "I think that after listening to Amy you will find that you are much more similar than you think," said Amy's mother, Kathy.
Thirty-seven year-old Amy, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (as a spastic quadriplegic) resulting from a lack of oxygen at birth. But, she is determined not to let her disability define her - finding the time, strength and energy to volunteer throughout the community in numerous ways. "Four days a week you will find me at Easter Seals in Villa Park," said Amy, who works as the nonprofit organization's Relationship Coordinator, educating others on their mission of providing disability services to children and adults with disabilities. "On Fridays, I volunteer at my old school, Hillcrest Elementary School and help students with reading and writing and easy math problems." (Amy admits that math is not her favorite subject.)
"After high school, Amy wanted to find a way to be of service to others," said Kathy. "God had plans for me to share my story with others and give back to the place (Easter Seals) that gave so much to me," added Amy, whose story of passion and gratitude for life has been touching all who hear it throughout her lifetime. She shared one of her most memorable experiences with Montini students of being chosen to be one of 20 Chicago Cubs fans to present the team's 2016 World Series rings to players and coaches during the April 12, 2016 ceremony at Wrigley Field. "I got to give a ring to the cutest Cub," Amy told the Montini students. "Kris Bryant!"
"It was very inspiring to see someone who has a disability of that nature living her life to the fullest," said senior Billy Cyze. "She does not let anyone or anything stop her from helping others!"