💌 Happy #ValentinesDay! We have a gift for you. 💌 Meet Shane Burcaw (@shaneburcaw) and Hannah Aylward (@hannahayl) who — like any great modern love story — met with a little help from technology. 🙃 Hannah made the first move; she reached out to Shane after watching a documentary about his life. Today, the pair lives together in Minnesota where 26-year-old Shane is an author and Hannah, 23, is a college senior, studying sociology.
“At first, I think people are a little unsure of what to think of our relationship since I am in a wheelchair, and I rely on Hannah for a lot of my day-to-day care,” says Shane, who lives with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. “I think people assume that Shane needs more caregiving than he does,” adds Hannah. “Anything that I do to help him is just us hanging out together. And we don’t see it as girlfriend time versus caregiving time. It’s all just us being together.”
The couple is on a mission to normalize inter-abled relationships. “It shows people that having a disability isn’t a sad, depressing existence,” says Hannah. “And people who are able-bodied can be in amazing relationships with people who have disabilities.”
Today on our story and our IGTV channel, we’re celebrating Hannah and Shane’s love. (P.S. Grab your tissues. This one’s a tear-jerker.) ❤️