Montgomery County teen to meet Pope during his visit to D.C.
WASHINGTON (WJLA) —
It's not everyday a 13-year-old can say he was honored at the White House and had a chance to meet the Pope all in one week.
"It's pretty cool," said Jake Edwards.
Jake was named the Autism Ambassador for the Montgomery County Police Department helping educate law enforcement officers about those who live with the disorder.
"They present like everybody else, but when he's nervous he can't put his thoughts together," said Jenn Lynn, his mother. "It could be perceived in a different way and some police could think there's something else going on there when you just need a little bit of patience and acceptance."
Jake was honored for his work on Monday at the White House as a part of the "Champions of Change" program.
On Wednesday, after the Pope's scheduled visit at St. Matthew's Cathedral, Jake will be outside the Vatican Embassy with others representing the Special Needs Ministries with the Archdiocese of Washington.
"I'm gonna tell him about my blessings and how grateful I am and how good I am helping other people," said Jake.