When it comes to teenagers in Howell there are many special young residents who make a difference in the community on a daily basis. Amara Riccio is one of those who has taken what could have been a catastrophic situation and turned it into a positive.
It was not that long ago that Riccio suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck by a car walking along the road in the township. Since that time the now 18-year-old has redirected her efforts into an organization called Riccio-Pick-Me-Ups. With the help of her mother Lori Riccio has not only been able to raise thousands of dollars to help others with brain injuries but has also found ways to use her creative talents in unique and original ways.
Recently the group held a talent show at the Southard Firehouse which Amara said raised close to $2700 to benefit the work that they do to help people others recovering from traumatic brain injuries. "I am very happy and blessed to say we can support our foundation and help families in a bigger way," she said. The show helped three organizations which can be found here, here and here.
As part of her efforts Riccio has become a public speaker on her experiences, publishes a magazine and even gives gifts to young patients in local hospitals.