(Robinson, Illinois) It was a full house at Robinson High School last night. Such a small local community came together to show their support for one of their own who came back for an amazing performance. The event raised over $8,000 dollars in free will donations and raffle baskets for two local groups, Oblong Christian Children’s Home and the Crawford County Shriners.
Jen Bricker, formerly from Oblong, Illinois put on an amazing show for her friends and family in her hometown for the first time. She is an aerialist in Los Angeles, California. She was born October 1, 1987 without legs and her parents gave her up for adoption. She has done many amazing things in her life that you would never think possible of someone without legs. Jen grew up playing many different sports, like volleyball, basketball, softball and the best one was power tumbling and was the first handicapped high school tumbling champion in Illinois. “For a long time this has been my dream and now it is actually coming true,” said Jen about having an event hosted so that all her friends and family could see what she does.
When Jen was sixteen years old her parents told her what her original last name was, Moceanu. With the mention of this last name she knew exactly what this meant. “So you can imagine The one idol she had growing up was her sister, Dominique Moceanu, who was on the 1996 Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team. “The day that I found out my childhood idol was my biological sister, was definitely a day I will never forget,” said Jen. She always thought that she and Dominique looked so much alike, and from that moment she knew why. They were sisters.
Dominique Moceanu was 26 years old, about to have her first born child, when she received a certified letter in the mail from Jen. This was the last attempt Jen made to try and reach out to her to let her know that they were in fact biological sisters. The two finally met in May 2008 at Dominique’s house.
After the show was over the girls signed autographs and posed for pictures for over two hours.
You can find out more on their history in Dominique’s memoir book, “Off Balance”.