Mei Raisley – Pennsylvania Nomination & Photography by Coco Hoffer Photography Issue 58 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Mei Raisley inspires me because in her seventeen years on this earth she has endured twelve maxillofacial surgeries. These operations worked to repair and correct a cleft palate and cleft lip that she was born with. She is a warrior through and through, a loving daughter, sister, and friend, and most definitely an inspiring teen!
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I do many extracurricular activities: Marching Band Color Guard, High School Volleyball team, Dance, High School Musicals, Church Youth Group Worship Team and Student Council.
What would you like to talk about? I would like to talk about my multiple surgeries and therapies over the last 15 years and how it has made me stronger, more confident and given me compassion for those in similar circumstances.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? As a volleyball team captain, I would like to talk about inclusivity, building each other up and staying positive in difficult circumstances.
Look for Mei in issue 58 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!