Madison Cortland ARC announced recently that Louis Leggett is the recipient of this year's Special Achievement Award. Leggett will receive the award at the Madison Cortland ARC Annual Dinner Friday June 5 at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida.
Leggett, of Oneida, is famous. He has his own lawn mower and, as a favor, mows lawns in his neighborhood.
"I help people out whenever I can," Leggett said. "In the winter, I shovel sidewalks. I just love being outside."
Leggett said he helps others because others have helped him in the past. With the assistance of Madison Cortland ARC, he has been able to get a job, maintain a home, prepare nutritious meals and more.
For the past few years he has raised money and walked for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Leggett also has advocated on behalf of himself and others with disabilities at recent political advocacy events.
Leggett spent his early years living in Rome and moved to Oneida in the early 1970s. It was then, at Madison Cortland ARC, he met many of the people he now calls his friends. At the time, like many young people, he felt restless, but now things are much different.
"I'll be married 13 years on Aug. 24," Leggett said.
Louis met his wife Rosalie more than 18 years ago. When they met, Louis was in the hospital with complications from diabetes. A friend came to visit and Rosalie came along with the friend.
"That's how we met," he said.
The couple dated for about five years before getting married. Leggett said getting married helped stabilize his life.
The Leggetts like to take trips to the 1000 Islands, Niagara Falls and to see family. In December, the couple will be taking a cruise to the Bahamas. Barbequing is a favorite activity. Leggett likes to grill everything: chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs.