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Disabilities aren’t limitations

Motivational speaker and former Ohio State Rep. Les Brown once said, “Life has no limitations except the ones you make.”

That could certainly be said about a 22-year-old South Point man who hasn’t let his developmental disability stop him from being an active volunteer in the community.

This year, Aaron Cahal was able to realize a longtime dream of being a part of the Ironton Lions Haunted Tunnel.

The young man has autism and, as a result, limited verbal skills, but that didn’t prevent him from letting his father know just how much he wanted to help with the Lions fundraiser.

Last week, Aaron and his father were able to get their faces painted and join the other monsters in the Haunted Tunnel and frighten “victims” with the rest of the volunteers. And while many of the tunnel’s visitors exited the attraction running and screaming, Aaron was smiling ear-to-ear.

The young man is a shinning example that many of Lawrence County’s residents are living with some type of disability, but want to remain active members of the community, either by volunteering, working or getting an education.

We commend Aaron for wanting to help his community and thank the Ironton Lions Club for giving him a way to do that.