Bullied for much of his childhood and bounced between eight inner-city schools Edwyn Colon, 11, was treated for anxiety and panic attacks.
The young boy shares a one-bedroom apartment with his mother who is disabled by asthma, neuropathy and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and his grandfather who needs constant care due to the three strokes he suffered and Parkinson’s Disease. His father left the family when Edwyn was four years old.
Edwyn needed someone outside his family, his mother said, someone healthy who he could look up to, learn from and begin to enjoy life outside their urban Bronx neighborhood.
Fortunately, the family found Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers, an affiliate of Catholic Charities New York. The agency matched volunteer and investment banker Noah Anderson, 33, a “big brother”/mentor for Edwyn.
“I don’t believe anyone is self made; you are the people you interact with,” says Mr. Anderson. “I was fortunate to interact with good people and I want Edwyn to have that experience.”
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