Ellie McCool is a very bright, beautiful and gentle soul. In her silence, she speaks to those whom she encounters about love and hope. In spite of her inability to walk, talk, or make purposeful movements, Ellie connects with others and forms meaningful lifelong friendships. In the Fort Zumwalt School District, where she received a fully integrated education right next to her typical peers, Ellie is still known as an ambassador for inclusion. With an attitude of hope and courage, she has participated in ground-breaking medical research. This girl is a trail-blazer. Ellie continues her work of bringing about an understanding of Rett syndrome and the importance of inclusion wherever she goes. Ellie also has an active spiritual life, participating in ministries and enriching her own faith and the faith of others within the Archdiocese of St. Louis.