Maisy Seckler, a 6th grader here at MVM, won 1st place for her division in the annual Berkshire County Real Woman essay contest, sponsored by
Here is her winning essay.
Superwoman. A woman who copes successfully with the dead heat demands of a career, marriage, and family. Most superwomen are fictional characters that have superpowers to save the world. Tracy Seckler doesn’t need any super powers or fictional affects to change the world, and the lives of boys who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Being an inspiration to others through words and actions, Seckler has revolutionized the FDA, performed Ted Talks, organized fundraisers, and traveled endlessly. This isn’t over yet.
When Tracy was born in Woodmeir, New York, in 1970, her parents, had no idea that she would grow up to change the world. When she was a young girl, her dream was to grow up, get married, have a family, and become an English teacher, but life had other plans for her. After graduating from Harvard University Tracy’s life was one that many would envy. She married a successful doctor and had two beautiful children. Her perfect and orderly life was turned upside down 2004 when she received news that would change her life forever - her son, Charley was diagnosed with a severe form of Muscular Dystrophy called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
DMD is a disease that is the leading genetic killer of boys in the world. Most children are diagnosed by the age of 5, lose their ability to walk in their early teens, and have an average life expectancy of mid-20s. It is 100% fatal and there is no cure. Receiving devastating news like that would cripple most people, but not Tracy. She decided from that very moment that she would make it her life’s mission to find a cure for this deadly disease. Since that time, she has created a non-profit organization called Charley’s Fund, raised over 30 million dollars for cure research, and successfully taken on the FDA to approve life-saving drugs for DMS. Because of her hard work, Charley is a typical 16 year old who does not need a wheelchair, has an active social life, and is very successful in school and in any extra-curricular activity that he takes part in.
In addition to raising millions of dollars and fighting for the rights of children that she does not even know, Tracy Seckler finds time to just be my mom. The little things that she does for me are what keep me from getting lost in the tornado of her work. She is always there to tuck me in at night, help me with my homework, and listen when I want to talk. This may seem average, but my mom is far from average. The fact that she still finds time to make me feel special is what makes her a real women.
My mom is far from average. She is a superwoman. My superwoman. My role-model. My mom. My real woman, with all of my heart I love you mom.