12 August is International Youth Day and with that in mind we have chosen Dante Marvin as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month. Dante is a Young Ambassador for Variety, the Children’s Charity and Variety North West.
Dante was born with brittle bone disease and scoliosis. He has spent most of his young life in and out of hospital for treatment, including painful rod replacement surgery in his legs. But refuses to let it get him down. He tells everyone he meets: “There are no disabilities, only abilities.” It sums up the indomitable spirit of a youngster who inspires everyone he meets with his remarkable zest for life.
Dante first became involved with the children’s charity Variety when his mum Rachel asked for help to buy a new wheelchair. During the home visit, Dante dazzled the assessor with his optimistic outlook and she asked him to speak at an event.
His motto was a key mantra of his speech, which was such a success he now speaks regularly to audiences of adults to raise awareness while encouraging them to dig deep for the cause, helping to raise £30,000 for a Sunshine Bus.
Dante also visits other seriously ill and disabled children in hospital, not only bringing light and laughter to the wards, but also identifying children who could benefit from Variety’s support. He petitions the charity on their behalf for equipment such as lightweight wheelchairs and he’s even been known to do it when undergoing treatment himself.
His message to others is be resilient, be brave and never give up and just because you are disabled, you are no different to anyone else. Never forget that.”
To find out more about Dante see here
To find out more about International Youth Day see here https://www.un.org/en/observances/youth-day