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Enlightenment Ministries raises awareness, scholarship funds for people with muscular dystrophy

COUTESY OF FLICKR: WWW.FAMILIESONLINE.CO.UK - Block party will feature games, root beer floats, pizza and information about Enlightenment Ministries. Diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of 4, Sandy resident Tim Bush said he "has overcome a lot of disability" in his life. Now 41 years old, Bush has not only far outlived the usual expected lifespan for someone with his disease, but also created a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Enlightenment Ministries, to help children with muscular dystrophy and create awareness.

From 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, Bush will host a block party at 16151 S.E. Bluff Road, Sandy — the organization's second-ever event — and he hopes to spread the word about his efforts while providing a fun day for families.

"I've dealt with a disability my whole life," Bush said. "There's a lot of lack of understanding in the community. I was frustrated by the way society was putting people with disabilities in a box, associating all people with disabilities with mental retardation. I wanted to make a difference and change the perspective. I figured instead of facing them with anger, I'd be peaceful."

Besides hosting events like his upcoming block party, Bush has made several YouTube videos to raise awareness of the capabilities people with muscular dystrophy do have. His latest spoke about the arts.

"Not all disabled people are unintelligent or have given up," Bush explained.

Through his non-religious ministry, Bush hopes to help children with the disease in the form of scholarships.

Bush himself has studied graphic design and has an associate's degree in general studies.

"If you have a dream and a passion, grab on to it and go for it," he said. "I was raised with a positive attitude."

The block party will feature live music from Gresham band Blues Battalion as well as pizza, root beer floats, games and goodie bags for the first 200 children to attend.

"I've also tried to raise money by selling raffle tickets," he added. "All that I raise at the event is going straight into the ministry as well."

Admission to the event is $5 per person.

"To me it's not about the amount of money I raise," Bush said. "I care about the quality of people I can impact."

For more information about the organization or its upcoming event, visit www.facebook.com/EnlightenmentMinistries.

CORRECTION:

In an earlier version of this story, appearing on page 5A of The Post's Aug. 9 edition, the time and date mentioned were incorrect. The event will take place from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. The Post regrets the error.

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