A real humid August afternoon, the cicadas are bellowing from the trees surrounding the Bell residence in Toronto’s East end. Filling the frame of the front door is Blake Bell, a tall kind of fellow dressed in an optimistic warm orange and white plaid shirt, his big blue eyes smiling a smile that matches the warmth of that shirt. Blake immediately invites myself and my colleague Ronen in and asks if we need anything and offers us some water, before even getting a full response he’s pulling the glasses down from the wood finished cupboard above the kitchen sink.
I don’t think that smile of his has even tried to leave his face from the moment he opened the door.
“I don’t really see myself that way, I don’t think of myself like that,”Blake says about the nominations and being named the Parkinson Superwalk National Hero for 2016.
“I want people to…Treat people like I treat them. That’s all I want.”