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September 11, 2014

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Page Team Celebrates First Roadway Opening

MoDOT and St. Charles County are celebrating the opening of the first section of Route 364/Page Phase 3. The event will be held between Interstate 64 and Route K from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. This will be the only chance for Page Avenue Phase 3people to walk, run or ride their bike on the new Route 364. The event is free, but people are asked to bring a canned food donation for Operation Food Search.

In addition to the public event, running enthusiasts can sign up to participate in the One Shot and Done 5K Run sponsored by St. Charles Kiwanis and Fleet Feet. Those interested can register online at www.phase3run.itsyourrace.com.

Volunteers are still needed to help out with the event to park vehicles, be safety spotters, and hand out materials, as well as direct people and traffic. 

To volunteer, please contact Jessica Wilson at jessica.wilson@modot.mo.gov or at 314-453-1814.

Teenager Inspires Employees Through Presentation

by Shaunda White
Madelyn Hubbs was born with only one arm and refuses to let her physical condition hinder her success in any way. The 14 year old, whose mother is HR specialist Melissa Hubbs, inspired employees through her presentation at a Lunch & Learn held in the district this past July.

Madelyn is unafraid to attempt any activity, challenge or obstacle. She constantly proves to others that anything is possible. 

Madelyn Hubbs Lunch & Learn July 2014
Madelyn (in red) lets employees attempt some life activities with the use of only one arm at the July Lunch & Learn.
“I can do anything you can do – I just might do it differently. Anything is possible with one arm,” said Madelyn at the Lunch & Learn. 

Her current activities consist of competitive swimming, horseback riding, baton twirling, tennis, and bike riding. She is also a patient ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children - St Louis. As an ambassador, she travels to different schools and colleges to speak with students about disability awareness, limb differences and bullying.

She has also raised thousands of dollars and donated hundreds of her toys for the past five years to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners Hospitals for Children-St. Louis specializes in delivering high quality care to children with a host of orthopaedic and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders and diseases. 

During her presentation, she gave employees the opportunity to walk in her shoes by having volunteers perform everyday tasks with one hand, such as opening and closing a zip lock baggie. She also discussed the does and don'ts when encountering a person that is visibly different. For example, do not stare or point at the person, instead walk up and talk to them in a polite respectful manner.

“Madelyn never ceases to amaze me. She turned her disability into a way to teach other people that the only limitations they have are the ones that they place on themselves,” said Madelyn’s mother, Melissa Hubbs.

To keep up with Madelyn and her latest achievements, please visit her facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MadelynHubbs.
 
 
 
 

For more info

Marie Elliott
Customer Relations Manager
St. Louis District
314-453-1807
Marie.Elliott@modot.mo.gov

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