Recently winning the Syracuse University Unsung Hero award, Bobbierre Heard is known for impacting her community.
“It’s like one day I could be sad and then I start dancing in the mirror. Like, go Bobbi, go Bobbi," said the 23-year-old.
Dancing to feel good.
What You Need To Know
- Bobbiherre Heard started a fashion brand BREKY- Being Real Extraordinary Kool Youth
- She was born prematurely and lives with cerebral palsy
- In 2018 she worked with Golisano Children's Hospital to create adaptive programming for children living with disabilities
“By the time I woke up, I just grabbed my sketch book and started drawing what I saw," she said, making clothing for BREKY — short for "Being Real Extraordinary Kool Yout" — and developing adaptive programs for people with disabilities with Golisano Children's Hospital.
“Six kids from the city school district could raise money to push to bring adaptive sports to their high schools,” said Heard.
And that's all accomplished by the age of 23.
“Everything I’ve accomplished? That’s a long list” said Heard.
All while, she lives with Cerebral Palsy.
Also born pre mature, at about one pound, Bobbi might seem different to you and me but she said there’s little difference.
“The way I have overcome and the way basically prove people wrong, it’s like crazy because being premature, most premies don’t make it," she said. "And the fact that you have a disability and you’re not scared to tell the world about it, that’s empowering because people who have disabilities are scared to talk about it or even ask for help."
Bobbi is studying to get her BFA for graphic design at SUNY Oswego, helping her advance her brand. She’s planning to start making adaptive clothing. Bobbi’s big dream right now is to collaborate with her favorite artist.
“King Solidi. I would faint. I would lose my mind,” said Heard.
Bobbi is working hard to show all people that everyone is similar, disability or not.
While we wait to see what Bobbi does next, she’ll be dancing her way through the ups and downs.