This year’s Free the Spirit Festival Co-chairs pack a punch. Son and mother duo Troy and Anne are tireless advocates and are excited to be part of the festival on September 29.
“Troy’s transition to St.Amant is an amazing success story; because of St.Amant he gets to lead a fun and fulfilling life,” said Anne.
It took Anne three years to find the courage to sign the paperwork which would initiate the move for Troy to live independently from his family. Though a very emotional decision, the result has been a good one for the entire family. Now Troy lives in “the cutest little bungalow and his two roommates have become his best friends. They are as much a part of our family as my other son’s friends,” said Anne.
Once a week, Troy gets to work with miniature horses which are a passion of his. He also participates in a day program where he works with a miniature horse named Scout twice a week. He’s learned safety, grooming, feeding and other essential life skills through his work with Scout. Troy also enjoys going to sports events, going for hikes with his friend Rosa, and dancing and listening to music at the FM Café (a Friday evening social event free to anyone supported by St.Amant). He’s a bit of a musician himself and loves creating new music with his electronic keyboard.
“St.Amant has taken over the roles of physiotherapist, personal caregiver, and teacher that I used to fill for Troy. Because of that, I get to enjoy the privilege of being his mom.”
The Free the Spirit Festival is about celebrating diverse and inclusive communities. It’s also the St.Amant Foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year. Everyone is invited to join – it’s jam-packed with entertainment, kids’ activities, a petting zoo, artisan market, a 2K walk, 5K run, and so much more!