There’s a video of a fella in Cuyahoga Falls on YouTube that has had more than 4.3 million views. That’s roughly the combined population of Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Delaware and Wyoming. Imagine that — the folks in six states logging onto their computers just to see you.
The young man who is at the center of the warm vibes is Patrick Gallagher, who works part-time assembling infant swings at Little Tikes. He and 11 other employees at the Hudson company are part of the Hattie Larlham work training program.
The video is part of Walmart’s “Work is a Beautiful Thing,” an effort that began more than a year ago to stock products that are made in the United States. As part of that program, and to better show the impact of the commitment, Walmart features employees of the companies that they purchase items from in videos, which are posted to YouTube.
“Patrick’s video really struck a chord,” said Walmart’s Tom Hoehn, senior director of marketing. “It’s one of the most watched videos we’ve ever produced.”
Gallagher’s popularity hasn’t gone to his head, nor has it brought any marriage proposals for the 34-year-old.
“I’m still single,” he said laughing. “But I’m open.”
In addition to working, he is involved in several other activities, including volunteering as the basketball manager and assistant coach for the varsity baseball team at Hudson High School.
Gallagher, who is developmentally delayed, told an inspiring story on the YouTube video that drew hundreds of comments. The following is some of what he said.
“When you are like me, people don’t always give you a chance. They put me in a different school. They put me on a different team. They talked to me in a different way. But I never wanted to be treated any differently. I wanted to be independent. So I learned to drive. I love sports, so I took part in any way I could…
“When I wanted to work, I got a job. It’s a struggle every day, but I still get up because work makes me feel that I’m reaching my goals. I’m part of a team.
“My whole life people have been telling me I have a learning disability. I guess they are right because I never learned how to give up.”
Way to go, Patrick.
To watch the video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-J_IXR3oZM.
•?Congratulations to Andrew Gesquiere of Green for receiving the YMCA’s Student Volunteer of the Year award.
The 21-year-old, born with Mosaic, a rare form of Down syndrome, is a volunteer at the Green Family YMCA where he works two days a week doing everything from washing windows to sweeping floors.
•?Most 11-year-olds are quick to ask for the newest video game, electronic gadget or a toy for their birthdays, but not Amara Wagner of Avon Lake.
Amara’s birthday is June 8, the same date as the Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Walk to Remember at the Cleveland Zoo. And instead of asking for gifts, Amara is asking that donations be made to her Walk to Remember team, Lola.
“Hospice of the Western Reserve helped my Lola when she was sick and dying,” Amara said of her grandmother, Linda Jimenez, who died in 2009. ‘‘The least I could do is help and give back to them.”
Amara’s team goal is $1,000, which will be used to improve the well-being of patients who are under care at Hospice of the Western Reserve, including facilities or outreach efforts in Summit, Medina and Portage counties.
For more information or to donate, visit www.hospicewr.org or call Bridget Murphy at 216-383-3715.
Kim Hone-McMahan can be reached at 330-996-3742 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To find her on Facebook, search for Kim Hone McMahan.