Sitting on the couch in their Newville, Cumberland County home Colleen and Butch Strouse recall the day son Dillon changed their world.
“When he was born he had some difficulties. Ended up finding out when he was about 10 or 11 months old I believe, they finally diagnosed him with Cerebral Palsy,” Colleen said.
Dillon accomplished many milestones along the way, starting his pre-kindergarten years at UCP of Central Pennsylvania before heading off to elementary and high schools.
“We had the greatest teachers we were so blessed,” Colleen said.
Dillon is also blessed with parents that, right from his start, starting preparing him for his future.
“We are not going to be here forever and he needs to know how to manage his life with us so we tried to raise him as independent as we could,” Colleen said.
“What do you see when you look at me? Do you see a businessman or do you see a man with a disability,” Dillon is the man. He’s the Strouse in Strouse Entertainment.
“On a good day I have 9 guys working for me,” Dillon said.
D-J Wheelz, as he calls himself, and his crew set up parties from the music to inflatables.
“He always said he wanted to be a DJ,” Colleen said.
Dillon got serious about starting a DJ business after attending a conference with his father and a friend. One the way back, Butch called his wife.
“He talked about getting equipment and I said is it something he can do? He said, I think he might, and I said get him whatever he needs because this boy wants to work,” Colleen said. “He wanted to work, not everybody wants to work and he has. And I’m proud as I can be,” Butch said with a big smile on his face.
Dillon makes no excuses. He works hard, dreams big and inspires others.
Dillon does just that. Motivational speaking is next on his list. He already has an engagement lined up.
“I really think it’s important for younger generations to understand disabilities,” Dillon said.
Also in his future, finding a Mrs.Strouse. “I’d like to get married and have kids someday but I know for a fact I’m going to have to be financially stable so I can hire a full-time caregiver so my wife can be my wife,” Dillon said.
“Our hearts just bust. He’s amazing. He has such a great sense of humor and he’s always thinking how can I make money, How can I make money his mind is always going like that,” Colleen said.
Dillon is also working on a book! Dillon does take time to have fun too. He and his cousin, Sam, hit marathons. The most recent in Pittsburgh where Sam pushes Dillon in a running cart.
Check out the fun on his Facebook page.