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Russell Lye has loved cars and trucks since he was small. Russell and three of his brothers have muscular dystrophy, and Russell also has ADD. But a few years ago he found a spot in a group home, where Susan Carre is one of his support care workers.
"Russell's a great guy," says Susan. "He's like a lot of guys in their twenties. He always has a plan and it usually involves a vehicle. Last summer he bought a car - didn't tell anyone he was going to - just went out and bought a beat-up red Cavalier. Problem was it was standard, so he couldn't drive it, 'cause his feet don't work so well! He's had a tough go in life but he's got it good here.
"I'm fifty-three, so I'm one of the older staff and I've seen a lot of good changes. We need to accept people as they are. We accept and, sure, we have bad moments. Bad days even. Everyone does. But we don't have as many bad days here as we did at the old facilities. Russell is known and loved here. And I love my job. I can't imagine doing anything else."