One Day in April, I (Ed Green, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Orlando) met Juleo Graham. Little did I realize at that meeting the positive impact that young Juleo would have on me and others he would meet.
Juleo Graham and his family were one of the families that Rebuilding Together Orlando had the privilege of serving on National Rebuilding Day (NRD), April 27th, 2013. Despite Juleo’s physical challenges that confined him to a wheelchair, he participated in the events of the day by sharing his contagious smile with the volunteers and painting a door.
On NRD and weeks preceding, dozens of volunteers gave of their time to give a little tender loving care to the Graham family's home. Siding was repaired, the exterior of the house was painted and work continued on the installation of a curb-less shower intended to bring ease and safety to the task of bathing Juleo.
On May 3rd, 2013, seven-year-old Juleo Graham passed away. Juleo's unanticipated departure saddened all. On Saturday, May 11th, 2013, I attended Juleo’s interment at the Mitchell's Funeral Home Chapel. It was clear by the end of the service that Juleo was a happy child who was loved by many. It was also clear that like myself, many felt blessed to have met him, if only for a day.
Rebuilding Together Orlando thanks the Graham family for the opportunity to meet Juleo and in a small way, share in his legacy....continued