Eugene Lalande was born in Berlin, NH and at the age of 9 was diagnosed with Friedrich’s ataxia, a degenerative disease of the nervous system, which confined him to a life in leg braces and wheelchairs.
He was a student at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in the early 1950s, where, among other things, he developed a love of poetry. One of his teachers, Marilyn, collected his works and illustrated them for a book she called Beauty in Words.
Eugene passed away before she could show him the book, but completing it represented a promise kept–a pledge to ensure his voice carried.
And while the students and teachers may have changed, over the course of Crotched Mountain’s history, that promise, to give everyone a voice, has remained.