As human beings, I believe that we experience pivotal moments in our lives that help us to define who we are and what our purpose is here on earth. These experiences usually occur when we’re least expecting it, and oftentimes we don’t value its true impact until after the fact. Two weeks ago, I traveled […]

? My dear friend Alyssa Silva is an absolutely “remarkable” woman. Battling with SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) since she was small, Alyssa has not only come over various obstacles and faces daily challenges, but she is possibly the funniest, most caring, and inspirational individual I know who has beat the odds beyond belief. She is currently daring…

IMG_0128   I’ve always been extremely passionate about raising money and awareness for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, as well as doing whatever it takes to make a difference in this world. When I was ten years old, I dreamed of raising a simple $100 for my disease. I decided to pursue my love for art and […]


I’ve noticed over the years that many people view being in a wheelchair in a negative light. Obviously, being disabled brings daily challenges, but the last thing I want is people’s misguided sympathies. At the end of the day, this life is more than I deserve, so with a little humor, I’m here to set […]


In life, we experience cycles. There are times when our lives are going exactly as we imagined, leaving us feeling almost as if we’re invincible. And, then, there are those other times where life becomes a shade of gray. We’re left reflecting on the past and wondering whether or not we’ve made the right decisions […]


Twenty-three years ago this past weekend, my life (and my family’s lives) would be forever changed. On any given Saturday morning in the Silva household, my parents received the news that I had Spinal Muscular Atrophy—an unfamiliar disease to many at the time. I was given very little hope from my doctors that I would […]


When you think of being a CEO, what is the first thought that comes to your mind? Typically, the term CEO refers to being the chief executive officer of a corporation, but at Bryant University’s 17th annual Women’s Summit, CEO took on an entirely new meaning. On March 14th over 1,000 men and women, including […]


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