Congratulations Can Do Award Winners John Dunn & Lynette Earles
Nov 2, 2018
The Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Can Do Award was created in 1994 by Rebecca Tucker, in memory of her husband Samuel, a man who once received services from Unified but never let his disability stand in the way of achieving his goals, including going to college, getting married, and becoming a practicing attorney. Nominees for this award are individuals who exemplify Sam’s drive and determination. It’s a way to celebrate and recognize their abilities, not their disabilities. This year Unified proudly presents the 2018 Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Can Do Award to two deserving individuals – newlyweds John Dunn and Lynette Earles.
John and Lynette have both been with Unified for over 20 years. They attend the Crossroads Day Program in Baltimore, which is where they met and their love story began. After 3 months of dating, John knew Lynette was “the one.” He went to Lynette’s IP meeting and asked her and her family for her hand in marriage. They all immediately said yes, and John and Lynette started planning their dream wedding. In February of 2018, the happy couple moved in together, into the same Unified residential home, and on July 8, they tied the knot with a beautiful ceremony before family and friends.
With a honeymoon on the horizon, John and Lynette are settling into married life. Their favorite thing to do is watch TV together while holding hands. John is so proud – he tells everyone he sees that he’s a newlywed and Lynette is his wife. They could not be happier together, and they want their love story to be a lesson to everyone to follow your heart and go after your dreams.
Many people might think that individuals with disabilities living in a group home cannot get married, but John and Lynette are powerful examples that indeed they CAN and they DO.