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Wachusett Regional High School
Leeann Brady overcame severe ...
Leeann Brady overcame severe hardships to build a better life for her family.
Ironically, though, the last milestone she achieved has caused unintentional heartbreak for her child.
Brady's 18-year-old son, Kyle, has been a student at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden for three years, after graduating from Thomas Prince School in the same town.
A special needs student with mental retardation, Kyle has thrived in the school district and was taught by a speech therapist to communicate through sign language.
loved it there," Brady
had a lot of changes in his
life, and it's been a long road to get him to this point."
In 2004, Kyle lost his
13-year-old brother to an illness.
At the time, Brady's husband was unemployed and collecting SSDI for post-traumatic stress suffered as a U.S. Marine during Operation Desert Storm.
fell into a deep depression, and the family moved to an in-law apartment in her
sister's home in Rutland.
Four years ago, she
Brady remarried in 2011, earned a nursing degree in May and works at a rehabilitation facility in Athol.
Last month, after living in her
sister's basement for seven years, Brady
found a single-family Cape in Hubbardston.
The price was right, and the family moved in mid-October.
"It was a milestone and a dream come true," Brady
"It's important that I make a better life for my son."
Kyle had started the school year in September.
Soon after, Brady had a meeting at Wachusett to discuss changes to her son's Individual Education Plan, or IEP, and said she asked his teacher about school choice, which allows students to attend schools out of their district.
said Kyle was eager to walk down the aisle and graduate with his
class in the spring.
"Kyle is a bright, enthusiastic and loving boy," Brady