His Sister Died of Cancer, So Jacob Took on Her Dream of Building Bridges in High Schools Between Special Needs Students and the Greater Population.

Jacob Larson of Lewis and Clark High School has a dream. See, Jacob’s sister Merete entered her freshman year in Spokane, Washington, fighting cancer that had confined her to a wheel chair. She entered with the goal of making new friends in all classes, across the divide of physical and developmental disabilities. Jacob took up her dream and founded Bridge Builders, a new non-profit that seeks to break down the walls separating disabled and “normal” students by fostering social clubs in area high schools. Because love is a verb. Love does.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.