I would like to begin my article by thanking our entire Town staff for the wonderful job they did during Hurricane Arthur. It was amazing to see how each and every member of the town staff worked together to make certain that our citizens were prepared for Arthur. The preparations before the storm, working during the storm, and after the storm were outstanding. We were fortunate that we had little or no damage. I was extremely proud of our town staff. Thanks for a JOB WELL DONE!!
As Mayor I have been afforded the opportunity to meet lots of people and represent Emerald Isle at many functions. Recently I had the privilege to meet Conner Emmert 9 of Charlottesville, Virginia. Let me share with you what his mother Kim shared with me: “Conner is 9 years old and is a very special boy. He has really learned to make sure that size doesn’t define his world. Conner was born at full term however he was extremely small. He was diagnosed with a very rare form of dwarfism at the age of one, Majewski (microcephalic) osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism Type II (for more information on this illness please visit www.Potentialsfoundation.org ). He certainly faces challenges in trying to do what so many of us take for granted on a daily basis. He is persistent and works hard in everything he does. Conner is a rising second grader and faces various health risks that are monitored regularly.
This was their third family visit to Emerald isle. The first visit took place 6 years ago, the week before Conner had a double bypass brain surgery. The family came again last summer and again the first week of July this year. This was the first summer that Conner really was able to go out and ride the waves on his boogey board, and to play in the water.
I had the pleasure of meeting Conner at Ben and Jerry’s and he stole my heart. He has the most amazing personality, so full of life, so positive, and he has never met a stranger. He is so optimistic and so loveable and huggable. He made my day and enabled me to realize again that each and every day of life is a true gift from God.
Conner, thanks for touching my life. As his mother Kim said, “I am happy you met our miracle and glad he had an impact on you.” Conner is the son of Kim and Buddy Emmert and has two older siblings, Chase (14) and Taylor (12).
Thanks Conner for touching my heart!! May each of us share his gift of love with others.