Today would have been Kevin Leonard’s 59th birthday. I just wanted to acknowledge that.

Kevin Leonard was a colleague of mine for a very long time. He worked for Goodwill / Miami Valley Easter Seals in Dayton, and ran a program that was similar to ours in many ways. His program, Assistive Technology Services, allowed citizens of the greater Miami Valley have access to the types of technologies they needed to go to school, succeed in the workplace, and live more independent and inter-connected lives. Hundreds of people with disabilities got their first computer from Kevin Leonard. We were proud to support his program with an annual grant for the better part of 10 years. I learned a lot from him.

Kevin spent most of his adult life in a wheelchair. It is an understatement to say that it is not good for one’s health to spend most of your life in a wheelchair. He frequently battled health issues and would have to temporarily leave the store in the capable hands of his wife, Diana. It is amazing he lived this long, but Kevin Leonard had uncommon strength and perseverance. He was an incredibly hard worker and I can honestly say I’ve never seen anyone with Kevin’s physical challenges who had a more productive life. He was a marvel to me. He accomplished more than I would have ever thought possible for him.

Rest in peace, Mr. Leonard. Well done. Thank you for everything you did in this life to help Ohioans with disabilities.

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