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Meet the Amazing Alexander Kent Garrett
My son Alexander is a spirited 12 year old who on his
birthday was named International Ambassador for Variety,
The Children's Charity. Alex has been part of the Variety
family since he selected as the millennium Junior
Spokesperson for Variety, The Children's Charity/NY in
Every year he appears on their annual telethon and
steals the show with his charm … and his joyful dancing.
He’s danced, live on stage, to the beat of musical
legends such as Chubby Checkers, Mary Wilson of The
Supremes, Melba Moore, Gary U.S. Bonds and so many others
who’ve performed on the telethon.
He says his mission as a spokesperson for Variety is
carrying the hope and potential that "all children
all over the world will get better and stronger every
day." That is pretty much his mission is life - to
help all people get better and stronger every day. His joy
filled nature and loving presence has touched the hearts
of so many - from world leaders and spiritual figures, to
people he runs into on the subway or on the street.
Alexander came into the world with one leg and many
medical issues, yet his triumph over life’s challenges
has made him an inspiration to many.
He has always focused on his abilities and
because of his cheery, upbeat personality he inspires kids
and grown-ups alike to focus on their abilities and their
blessings in life. I have noticed over time how in just
one moment in his healing presence, people seem to
transform … life begins to look a little different. He
somehow has the ability to, in a short amount of time,
have a huge impact on people. I believe this is because he
embraces all of who he is; and in doing so presents a
mirror for others to do the same.
When he was a tiny baby I worried that he may never
sit, or stand, or walk. But through every stage of
development, he rose to the occasion! He now walks with
ease on two crutches … yet often navigates his way
around the world on one roller blade. (His dad taught him
to skate with crutches when he was young). He is also
walks wonderfully on a prosthetic leg, one of 11 he’s
He's an "A" student and he loves learning of
all kinds. Ask him his favorite subject, and the
diplomatic Libra will say, "All of them." He is
passionate about BASEBALL, as well as hockey and all
sports. He has played wheelchair basketball (even though
he’s not normally in a wheelchair, it’s easier than
trying it on crutches!) and has won many gold medals for
many different categories in the NYS Olympics Games for
the Physically Challenged.
Alexander no longer ponders what he wants to do when he
grows up - he already knows: He want to be a sportscaster.
He also wants to own his own baseball stadium and has
asked his mother, more than once, to help him build a
baseball diamond in the back yard. He regularly does
"color commentary" by the TV and on computer
games and he is confident he will be a great sports
announcer and a TV/radio commentator.
He was a fond friend of the late John Cardinal
O'Connor, who in December 1998 gave Alexander one of his
rosaries and asked the then seven year old to pray for him
everyday. When Cardinal O'Connor passed on, Alex was one
of the few guests allowed into the funeral at St.
Patrick's Cathedral in New York, without a formal
invitation. He was seated right up front. After the
service, then-President Bill Clinton (along with Hillary)
came over to say "hey, Buddy." This catapulted
Alex into the national limelight, when the image of his
good-bye to the Cardinal (blowing a kiss to the coffin)
and his hello to the then-President (with hug) was
captured on all major news channels and on cable. Every
major network and newspaper pursued him for an interview!
During the 2000 World Series, Yankee owner, George
Steinbrenner, invited Alexander to ride in his personal
bus in the ticker tape parade and attend the celebratory
lunch at Gracie Mansion. Alex now regularly visits
"The Boss" at Yankee Stadium and often watches
the game from Mr. S’s box. In fact, that is where Alex
met television host Regis Philbin. Regis shared a photo of
himself and Alexander, on his show, Live with Regis and
Kelly; the photo was taken at Yankee Stadium by Donald
Trump. A week or so later, the night the Yankees made it
into the 2003 World Series, Regis invited Alex to appear
on his show the morning after.
You could tell that Alexander truly touched Regis
Philbin's heart as they sat and chatted, on live
television, about the game, the Yankees and sports. Regis
kept saying he was so impressed with Alex's sports savvy.
And how much they had in common as two of the Yankees
major fans! Alex can talk sports with the best of them.
Speaking of major Yankee fans … Alexander is also a
buddy of former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani and
the cast and crew of MANY Broadway plays. He is one of the
few people who just sort of walks back stage to say hi…
and always gets the VIP tour. During her most recent stint
on Broadway as Peter Pan, Cathy Rigby offered to give Alex
a go at flying on stage; she was raised by a mom who, as
she put it, walked "on sticks;" her mom had
polio and yet lovingly brought up five children.
Alex helped host the Variety Telethon in 2000, 2001,
2002 and 2003, with New York radio legend Cousin Bruce
Morrow (Cousin Brucie), TV news anchors Ernie Anastos (WCBS),
Rosanna Scotto (FOX), fashion model Emme and Big Bird's
favorite friend, Bob McGrath of Sesame Street. He’s also
appeared on the Variety Radiothon on WOR.
When he was six, his natural charm got the attention of
Bill Cosby and he was asked to be on Kids Say the
Darndest Things. To this day, producers say he
was one of Cosby's favorites and we still see the show
with Alex in perpetual re-runs.
Alexander brings LOVE to every place he goes - whether
it is the Yankees Clubhouse or a hospital visit to someone
who is ill. He truly loves people. And people truly
I have never seen a child more adapted to life than
mine. And even though I worry all the time about him, he
is often the one who says, in every trial or change or
challenge… "Don’t worry Mom, it’s all going to
I think of him as a super example of someone who
embraces life, and all that life has to offer. He bounds
through each day with total energy and zest. Someone once
said of him" "He is something who eats life…
he wants to taste everything."
Perhaps it is his Libra personality that allows him to
find the even keel and balance to embrace all change, or
maybe it is simply because he doesn’t want to waste a
minute fretting about what will happen next… he just
wants to keep on seizing each next moment, and then some.
People tell me ALL THE TIME that they are so inspired
by Alexander. By his joyful, determined spirit … his big
smile and good cheer … his energy and enthusiasm. He has
appeared on a poster for Variety but he is a poster boy
for Life Itself. We used to live up the block from
the United Nations, and they would call him "The
Mayor of 44th Street." Even former Mayor
Guiliani and NYC Mayor Bloom admit that he deserves that
title – they have both long been his fans and friends.
They join many others who see in this small boy a big
Hero, who helps many … just by being here in the world.
I am so proud that he is my son. J
© Copyright 2004 Rev. Laurie Sue
Brockway. All Rights Reserved.
Reverend Laurie Sue's Past Columns:
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Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is
an interfaith minister who is often called upon to
teach, speak and write about women’s spirituality and
The Feminine Faces of God. She is author of, A GODDESS
IS A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND: A DIVINE GUIDE TO FINDING
LOVE, SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS, from Perigee Books,
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