2024 Young Woman of Distinction Runner Up: Lilly Truel

2024 Young Woman of Distinction Runner Up: Lilly Truel

Wings 4 Wheelchairs

For her Gold Award Project, Lilly chose the topic of Disability Awareness and Inclusion after learning that many parks in the metro Detroit area were not wheelchair-friendly.  

Through educating and motivating the community, Lilly raised enough funds to have a wheelchair-accessible platform swing and an adult disability harness swing installed at Lions Park in Southgate, Michigan.

Her project didn’t end there.

To spread awareness of the issue, she donated books to 10 local libraries which featured main characters with disabilities. She also gave out bookmarks to children promoting ways they could include others with special needs and led a public awareness social media campaign.

Completing her Gold Award taught Lilly the importance of getting involved in her community.

Lilly attends Southgate Anderson High School in Southgate and is in Troop 76473. Her future career plan is to become a physician treating individuals with special needs and disabilities.

Find out more about Lilly and her award-winning project on the GSSEM YouTube channel.

Congratulations, Lilly!

This is the type of project that shows both heart and savvy and I also like that her project works for those who have the least amount of access.

Monica Woodson, CEO GSSEM
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