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Thriving with Cerebral Palsy: Books That Inspire

July 10, 2014
Category: Birth Injury
While cerebral palsy can be a crippling disease, it is still no match for the human spirit. So many children, teens, and adults are not just living with cerebral palsy, but thriving. Here are just a few of their inspiring and uplifting stories. Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy (Memoir) By John W. Quinn As a child, John Quinn dreamed of a career in the Navy and refused to let the fact that he had cerebral palsy get in the way of that dream. Unfortunately, he failed the physical entrance exam. Rather than being dejected, he used more...

Cerebral Palsy Center First of Its Kind on East Coast

June 26, 2014
Category: Cerebral Palsy
The Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center is the east coast’s first dedicated cerebral palsy facility. The Center, which is part of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, was named to the U.S. News & World Report “2013-2014 Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals.” The Center’s sole focus is to provide comprehensive, ongoing care to patients with cerebral palsy and their families. As cerebral palsy is a condition not limited to children, the Center seeks to expand both access to and knowledge of treatments and options for adults with cerebral palsy. An ever-expanding network of adult care specialists knowledgeable about cerebral more...

Wrestler with Cerebral Palsy Competes Nationally

June 18, 2014
Category: Cerebral Palsy
Lucas Vialpando from Aurora, Colorado was born with cerebral palsy. He is now a teenager, and is unable to stand or walk without the assistance of crutches. It turns out that Lucas is not letting this hold him back in any way — not as a high school student, nor as a champion wrestler competing at a national level. Standing on His Own Never mind that Lucas was told time and again that he would never be able to wrestle. He was not going to let anything — not even an inability to stand on more...

Thanks to Help from Community, Couple with Cerebral Palsy Wed

June 09, 2014
Newlyweds John Blake and Cheryl Coleman were recently married in a non-denominational ceremony in Cheryl’s hometown of Crossville, Tennessee. John and Cheryl’s love story is particularly inspiring — they both have cerebral palsy. As both are unable to drive and have difficulty walking upon occasion, their two-year courtship and eventual wedding presented unique challenges. Caring co-workers, family members, and friends drove them on dates and contributed generously to the planning of the wedding, so that John and Cheryl’s dream became a reality. Love at First Sight When Cheryl and John first met, she was working at The Arc Tennessee, a more...

Adaptive Shopping Cart Now Available for Older Children with Special Needs

June 05, 2014
Category: Birth Injury
The expression “Necessity is the mother of invention” holds just as true in the grocery store as anywhere else. Drew Ann Long realized that her daughter, Caroline, who has special needs, would soon outgrow the seat in the standard grocery store shopping cart. She set out to design and manufacture a new type of cart that would allow her to continue to shop with her daughter in a way that was both safe and convenient. The result is “Caroline’s Cart,” a modified shopping cart designed to accommodate children with special needs. The cart has an enlarged seat that faces the caregiver, a more...