By: Cecile Anthony
ERIC “TRE” CRAWFORD – Aspiring Clothing Designer/Graphic Artist
Tre is an aspiring clothing designer/graphic artist. At 12 years old, Tre enjoys drawing and creating characters, which he started doing at a young age.
Tre, born in New Jersey although he has strong ties to NYC, has already started his own business ventures, wherein he used one of his characters to start a clothing line (T-shirts, hats, etc.), with the help of his parents, Eric Crawford, Sr. and Shanon Gray. Tre is the youngest of 4 siblings. When not in school, Tre enjoys drawing and working with his parents on new items for the clothing line. His parents noticed his skills always showed off his artwork with their friends. Being business-minded and having his own clothing line with his Partners (Daytime Boyz), Tre’s father suggested to Tre about him putting his artwork to use on a clothing line. That is how “Kidz Xpressionz” was created.
Peri Finkelstein, a 17-year-old girl from West Hempstead, New York, who continues to prove her doctors wrong and make her family and friends proud. Peri Finkelstein is a bright young lady who has lived with Muscular Dystrophy for most of her young life. With the love and support of her family, Peri has continuously overcome obstacles in her life, but she never allowed it to stop her. For the last few years, Peri has participated in many walks and marathons, but with each one she continues to surprise everyone. Unbeknownst to a lot of people, Peri spent a whole year training for the Miami Marathon in her basement. On January 29, 2017, Peri got out of her wheelchair and walked down the last mile of the Miami Marathon with her family, friends and supporters. As she came into view of the bleachers, everyone stood and the crowd erupted into cheer “Peri!” “Peri!” There is definitely a lesson to be learned here and that is “Nothing is Impossible!” HOPE. DETERMINATION. STRENGTH… These are all the things that you receive from Peri’s story. Peri is just a young girl who wants to be like everyone else and that is what she shows with every given chance and opportunity. Her story is not just inspiring, it is also amazing.
We can definitely look forward to hearing more about Tre and Peri in the future.