in·spire

[in-spahyuhr]  Show IPA verb, in·spired,in·spir·ing.

verb (used with object)

1.

to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
So that is a textbook definition of the word……
Ellie Ritzman is the real definition…….
 Ellie is an incredible young woman who lives life to the fullest. Yes, Ellie has Cerebral Palsy- a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking; but please don’t think for one moment this young lady is sitting around having a pity party….far
from it!!!
Ellie and Dianne Ritzman
Ellie and her mom..Dianne was my very first friend when my parents did the unthinkable during my 2nd grade year..they moved our family to a new town. After I cried the entire first day, Dianne took me in under wing. Ok..back to Ellie..I learned how awesome this young lady is when Dianne posted her Second Place Finish at the Special Olympics on Facebook. Immediately, I messaged Dianne to tell her how amazing that was. Well, Dianne proceeded to tell me that was only the tip of the iceberg. Not only is she an athlete, she is a philanthropist for the Children’s Miracle Network and has donated her hair to Locks Of Love!!
Ellie and her friend Dawn
We spent an afternoon at Chuck E. Cheese so Ellie could fill me in…
What I learned about Ellie
1.Loves shopping at Claire’s
2.Math is her favorite subject
2. She is an Equestrian
 4.She has a wonderful sense of humor
 5. I am her favorite Penn State athlete ever! 🙂
Alright, one of those statements didn’t actually come out in the interview. You decide for yourself.
 Ellie proudly displaying this sign for a cause she is very passionate about!!!
(photo taken by Mariah Ritzman)
Ellie’s Bake Sales are how the money is raised! Love my girl’s PSU pride!!!
(photo taken by Mariah Ritzman)
Ellie’s Cookies and Bake Sale (Ellie’s dad Derek manning the fort)
Ellie has raised over 10,000 dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network. For the last 5 years, Ellie and her parents have been baking cookies and hosting bake sales to raise these funds. How amazing is this young woman’s desire to help others in need 🙂
Ellie, a friend and some Penn State Football players!!
Seven years ago, Zimmerman Trucking Company in Mifflintown, Pa, started Kid’s Fun Fest because so many families in the area benefited from The Children’s Miracle Network. Four year ago Dianne, Derek,and Ellie joined forces with Zimmerman Trucking to raise funds for this great cause!! Together they have raised over 75,000 dollars!!
Love this picture!!
Autographs too!!!
Dianne told me how fortunate they are because so many people contribute to Kid’s Fun Fest and Ellie’s Bake Sale. As a Penn Stater, it makes me proud to see these young men giving back to their fans. I am confident the players get just as much, if not more, out of this experience.
Because Ellie is so fabulous, I told her I would help spread the word. Please help Ellie in her efforts to raise money for The Children’s Miracle Network. Here are two ways….
Kids Fun Fest and Truck/Car Show
June 2, 2012 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$3.00 for adults and free for children under 12
190 East Industrial Drive Mifflintown, Pa. 
Activities for Kids, wonderful raffle prizes,
PSU players autograph session, and great food!!
If you can’t attend, you can donate to The Children’s Miracle Network directly on Ellie’s behalf
Please make sure you add Ellie Ritzman in the comment area when you donate 🙂
What is a limitation? Ellie doesn’t allow any bumps in the road stop her from being an athlete, fundraiser, and great human being. Everyone could learn something from Ellie about what it means to really live life to the fullest!
Ellie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
In large bowl, with wooden spoon mix 
 1/2 C Land o’ Lakes margarine 
1/2 C crisco
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
 Add 2 eggs and mix
Add 
3 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Add
1 bag chic chips
Roll into balls, 375 for 12 min
 
We took Ellie’s cookies and “rolled” them in melted chocolate (you can melt chips in the microwave). After putting on the chocolate, place on wax paper and put in the freezer for 10 minutes. Make your sundae with whatever toppings make you happy!!
Remember….Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day?
 
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