I am rested up from yesterday's sitting here in front of my computer for over 12 1/2 hours total time in sorting pictures and submiting them on my web site and writing an introduction on the bb's post forum for you all to enjoy concerning our weekend at Timmonsville, SC bus gathering arranged by Dallas & Cat Farnworth.
While there at this gathering I had the pleasure to meet and sit for over an hour and talk to a 30 year old man, (you would swear he looks only 18) that will be an inspiration in my life for a very long time, actually forever.
He is Jay McKnight, from 216 tunnel Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37411-2749. He lives with his dad, (Mike Hill) and they have a consulting business as Mike is a self employed engineer that works on setting up and maintaining computer controls of saw mills through out the country. Email them at: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for contact about business or this post I am now making. Please do not (Spam) these great people and discourage them from hearing from sincere citizens wishing Jay all the best and hopefully also support with contacts to continue his fight in life.
I am sure contact from busnuts and everyone around the country will inspire Jay to help others in the same position I feel Jay is now at and make thousands perhaps millions in his position have more of a quality life like most of us take for granted.
Before reading on, go to my www site that has the Timmonsville, SC bus gathering photo's at: http://community.webshots.com/user/converter101
then select Album #11, Timmonsville, SC Bus gathering, May 2006),
after opening this album with 176 busnut photo's and their rigs etc. scroll down to photo's numbered (11a - 11g). These are photo's of Jay, His dad Mike Hill and their friend Eric Mainusch and of coarse their important friend "Moose", also of their 1967 "Flxible" they travel in. I wanted you to do this so that you can more or less relate to who I am talking about in a moment but also think how you would feel if a member of your family inspired you to do as I now am to help them out as we all should do to our "Brothers & Sisters" in life.
Jay is 30 years old as I said and lives with his dad and is totaly dependent upon his dad to assist him with most things in life we just take for granted as the "normal" people do. Jay has had Cerabal Palsey since birth, he is classified as legally blind but does have some very close vision that makes it possible to read etc. His whole life has been a struggle, not seeing everything most of us can but his dad describing everything in sight for jay to visualize in his mind. Mike, Jay's Dad, takes the time to describe foods to be put in his plate for instance, (and can Jay ever eat) and Mike makes Jay aware of any choices he needs to make from eating, dressing or traveling to be as independent after making these choices as he can.
Jay and Mike are so tight that they have some kind of telemetric communication between each other at times that is unique. They can be separated by many miles but call each other to check in on each other and most of the time this call will be at the very same time each of them do it. Mike can be on the road and needing things shipped to do his job on the road and jay will know this some how and have it all ready to ship. This bond between them is truly heart warming and amazing to see and listen about.
Jay has disabilities that prevent him from doing most things we all do every day, ony he has to struggle to accomplish. All his other senses are more acute and sensitive that assist him in everything he does. He can hear better, smell better, feel more sensitively than most of us, and react with upmost accuracy with his well trained talent.
What am I talking about, well, Jay has been taking Karate since he was 4 years old, that is (26 years to date)! He is a 4th degree black belt contender and has to wait now 2 more years to advance another level. He teaches when possible Karate to others with disabilities for protection and inspiration to them that if he can do it, so can they.
Jay had many doubts by many that he would be able to do anything in life, with his life. He has since Graduated from high school, accomplished his level of degree in Karate, he is a computer expert that works with his dad everyday and with all odd against him. Even very, very close members of his family did not offer support to Jay to have a successful and usefull life which also had to be a cross for Jay to carry from when he realized he was not "Normal" as most of us are.
Jay has accomplished more deeds that I am not aware of right now but I wanted to introduce you to what I do know of him accomplishing.
Now for your help if possible. Jay to me is truly an inspiration for all disabled Cerabal Palsy victims that can use our help through what ever means we can. Jay's desire now in his life is to have support and a place to teach other handicapped victums train in Karate for self confidence in life and protection if needed in todays world. To train others to his level that he he has so that this confidence can pyramid through others trained by Jay and his associates to levels they can participate in karate matches with the "Normal" experts participating in this match.
Jay was recently refused the opportunity to defend his title of being one of the top experts in Karate in his black belt degree. The reason for his refusal after training for over 26 years?? (They were afraid he would get injured as the performance ring for the matches was 5 ft. off the ground). I think they were really afraid that Jay would hurt one of the "Normal" participants going against him when he kickes their @$#!! "My" honest opinion of this is that the "Normal" challenging contender was afraid to have their @$# kicked by someone that has a disability!!
I think this discriminating should be be brought to the attention to public officials from the Govonor of Tennessee to the President of the United States to get this discriminating stopped as of now. There is no reason to prevent someone who is perfectly and expertly trained and qualified in their field to compete at the level they deserve and trained for. Jay is not affraid to take on the "Normal" contender, I assure you of this, he is pumped and ready to go to prove his stuff, now we need takers that are not afraid to sparr with him.
A Movie should be really be made of Jay's life to inspire all disabled Cerabal Palsy victums to go out and do everything they ever heard of or thought of with everyone's best support and training available.
There is no reason, not even one that can convince me that politicians cannot find the time to make programs for these misrepresented citizens. There are thousands, if not millions of them, (Voting Age!!) also that would love to accomplish what Jay has and wants to continue to achieve without the stigma, (Disabled) preventing him from doing so. The officials preventing Jay and others like him should be ashamed for not stepping up and creating a circumstance that will prevent one of the "Normal" participants from getting hurt when Jay steps in to do what he trained all his life to do.
I tried to convince Jay to write his Govonor, Congressman and yes even President Bush for support on helping the Disabled and real everyday fighter in the world, just to exist. We have not found that "Mole in the ground, osoma Binladen" since (9-11) even yet???!!!?? My God!! The spelling may be wrong about (Binladen) but you now who I mean. Well my point here is if we can spend all those billions, sacrafice all those precious lives of our men and women over there looking for this butt wipe, then why can't we do right for our citizens here in our country trying to live a quality of life but seem to always be stigmitized in being held back.
Jay, If you need support or someone to "Picket" the next Karate event you wish to participate in and are refused, just call or email me where and when and count on me. I will in turn try to figure out a way to have every disabled citizen possible also there in support. It should be noted also that Jay has tried to get support from the local communication devices, (TV & Radio) in Chattanooga, TN about his plight with the Karate promoters but Jay feels the priority level of interest for this was lower than what the TV and Radio stations wanted to present to the public about.
I know there is many Busnuts reading this that has contact with high people in high places. How much is it to ask for support to remove this disability stigmatism for wonderful, inspirational people such as Jay.
I am trying to convince Jay to consider touring schools and any place possible to put on short demonstrations of his talent and accomplishment in just his field and talk of his challenges in life. I bet the school bully that knew Jay when he was in 5th grade today still remember Jay as He kicked the bully's butt after him being so insensitive against Jay and picking on him etc. Well, I know he never picked on another disabled person in school again right up to his graduation as Jay had earned this guys respect for fighting back. Well, this is what I am trying to convince him to continue to do only at a larger scale, for millions of citizens with these same problems in life and be a spokes person on tours, seminars and demonstrations concerning the discriminated disabled.
Please help and support Jay with any means you can, influence people to see this story that may be able to open doors for him to stand up for all disabled citizens and say: "lOOK WHAT I ACCOMPLISHED AND YOU CAN TOO", lets all fight for equal rights for jobs, political representation and participation in politics, public display of challenges such as Olympics, Karate demonstrations or matches and the list goes on. If they get the training, get qualified and can do any of the above and more not mentioned, then why in hell can't they get to do it and get the same respect as everyone else.
Give me a call Jay if I can help any more, I hope this post opens a few doors for you and everyone else with the similar disabilities as Jay. I am ready to fight and "Picket" if you need me!!
I am sure that all help, support directly to Jay will be greatly appreciated by him, his dad and me.
Thanks for reading this awfully long post, It was worth the time to write and you would agree if you get the opportunity to meet and talk directly to Jay as I did. I hope this really helps.