Keith Boyd is an 11 year old with many aspirations. Although he was born with Cerebral Palsy, a condition that affects his mobility as well as his ability to speak, he doesn’t let that stop him from dreaming of the possibilities! He has been on an amazing journey in the last decade.
One of the highlights is having the honor of attending The Little Light House, a tuition free Christian school for children with special needs from ages two to six. During his time there he was learning and preparing for elementary school, but the most notable moment was when he received his high-tech eye gaze computer, which is a speech generating device. It opened up his world, he was finally able to participate in life by making his own choices. A truly life-changing moment! The opportunities he was given, and the love that he was shown, helped build his confidence and shape him for a successful future. Keith continues to be an active Alumni, attending events and raising funds to help support The Little Light House.
Since graduation, Keith has attended Skelly Elementary where he has been in class with his typically developing peers. He enjoys school and puts a lot of pride into his work as well as the relationships he builds. Aside from school, he has been a guest speaker at the University of Tulsa on several occasions, speaking to students in the Speech and Language Pathology department about his experiences with developing skills on his communication device. His story has also been covered in different media outlets, such as Fox23 news, News on 6, Tulsa World, and Tulsa People Magazine.
Some of his interests are baseball, fishing and boating, surfing the internet, and spending time with family and friends. He loves adventure! He also spends a lot of time coming up with business ideas and has his heart set on owning his own businesses one day. Currently he is the CEO of Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand, if you want to see what is happening, feel free to check it out on Facebook.
Recognizing Boyd’s entrepreneurial spirit, local franchised Chick-fil-A Operator and Thrive15 mentor Arthur Greeno reached out to Keith’s parents to ask how he could make the lemonade stands become a reality. Greeno enlisted the help of other Thrive15 mentors, who helped create a website for the lemonade stands and secured local sponsors and media partners for the initiative. Additionally, Greeno secured donations of lemons and tea for the stands. “I knew I had to meet Keith when I heard his story,” said Greeno. “I was so inspired when he shared his business plan with me that he had written with his eyes. Many people dream big, but to take action is very admirable.”
“Thrive15 was honored to provide Keith the tools he needs to succeed in business,” says Thrive15 CEO Clay Clark. “Keith reminds us that it doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, you can thrive if you are diligent.”