Like a lot of 23-year-olds, Andrea "Annie" Damiano is a big Eagles and Phillies fan, and she follows the Olympics closely.
She stands by American Shaun White as the world's best snowboarder, she said, even though he finished out of the medals in this winter's games.
Damiano also has a full life that includes work, volunteering and time with friends.
But she was born with medical and developmental challenges most young adults don't share.
"Different things kept popping up," said her mom, Lisa Damiano, of Galloway Township.
Her daughter's issues include autism, mood and seizure disorders, and a chromosomal abnormality, she said. For a while, self control was out of reach.
"She used to get out in the middle of the night, so we had to put locks on all our doors. I couldn't ride alone in a car with her," her mom said.
But Annie Damiano went to Galloway public schools with the help of aides and worked with behavior modification therapists to learn to interact positively.
For years, she attended Family Support programs at the Arc.
Now, she participates in its Adult Training Center and Career Exploration Program, where she has a job making Arc AnGels candles, and strenghthens social skills through fun activities and volunteering at the Arc Makes Sense, Too! thrift shop in Northfield.
Annie Damiano was chosen the agency's first MonArc Butterfly Award winner, for personal courage in her life journey.
She will be honored at a dinner 6 p.m. March 12 at the Carriage House in Galloway. Visit arcatlantic.org/events/TributeDinner.asp or contact Patrick Manion at 609-485-0800, ext. 135.
Lisa, who works at Sack O'Subs in Absecon, and husband Joe, a casino gaming supervisor, also have two older children, Joseph, 28; and Nicole, 32.
Cape May Stage elects officers
Broker/owner of Wilsey Realty, Gail Wilsey Morrison, of Cape May, was recently elected board president of Cape May Stage.
Susan Teitelman was elected to serve as first vice president, Fred May as treasurer and Yvonne Kuemmerle as secretary. Stephen Miller was re-elected to serve as second vice president.
Cape May Stage was founded in 1989. Its seven-show season begins in May and ends in December.