In November 2005, Angelo and Stacey Martorana were looking forward to
attending a Thanksgiving brunch at their four-year-old daughter's
school. They expected some good food and conversation with Hayli's
teachers at the Aspire Center for Learning. But this day turned out to
be a landmark moment for their family.
"Hayli came walking out of the classroom towards us, and I was
bawling," said Stacey. "That was the first time ever in Hayli's four
years that we saw her walk by herself. We couldn't believe it!"
"For so long, it was something we hoped for," added Angelo. "I was tearing up."