In the News
Stories of cerebral palsy patients in the news
Cody Goes River Rafting on the Colorado River
Check out Cody River Rafting in the Colorado River with the National Sport Center for the Disabled. Here is a note from Cody regarding his experience:
“This summer I went river rafting in the Colorado River with the National Sports Center for Disabilities. I was a little nervous at first and when we got there the water looked like it was going really fast. Everyone there was very supportive of me and encouraging. When I actually got on the river they put a life jacket on me and made sure I was safe. When we got started it didn’t feel bad at all. The two guides were very nice. On the ride I saw amazing views and even saw two bald eagles! In the end I was glad I went and felt like I conquered something! I really encourage kids like me to river raft. Trust me, You’ll have fun!”
Feel Good Friday: Riley Goes Fast
Check out Riley enjoying our local skate parks. Riley was just awarded a Challenged Athlete Foundation grant to receive a new adaptive skate wheelchair. Go Riley.
Leah Hits the Runway in the “Miss You Can Do It Pageant”
Leah recently hit the fashion runway in the 11th Annual Miss You Can Do It Pageant. This pageant is a national non-profit pageant created just for girls and women with special needs and challenges and a whole new world that opens just one night a year. A world where wishing on stars and dreaming big is an everyday event and a world where everyone has an equal opportunity. Below is a note from Leah regarding her experience:
“Going to the Miss You Can Do It Pageant was so much fun and awesome. Getting to fly on a plane was awesome! I won first runner up for my first time and it was awesome! I finally met Abbey Curran and Sierra McCormick and took pictures with them. I met a lot of people. One of my favorite parts was meeting my best friend there.”
Local Girl Travels to Sochi as Future Paralympian
Katrina Schaber, a Rady Children’s cerebral palsy patient, traveled to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games as a 2018 TD Ameritrade Paralympian. Katrina appeared on “The Today Show” and also shared her story on many local stations. Check out Katrina prior to her departure on Channel 5 News.
Paralympic Snowboarder Ben Tudhope Off to the Winter X Games
Ben Tudhope is an Australian Paralympian who competed in para-snowboard cross at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi. He was the youngest competitor at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games from any country. Ben has cerebral palsy and was just nominated to compete in the Winter X Games. We are all wishing Ben good luck at the X Games.
Teen Girl with Cerebral Palsy Defies Odds and Walks Graduation a Year Early (Today Show Clip)
Taylor Scruggs and her twin sister were born more than three months prematurely. Barely weighing 2 pounds each, both girls experienced complications, but Taylor suffered a brain hemorrhage that prompted doctors to make a grim prognosis: She would never walk or talk. Seventeen years later, Taylor graduated from her Texas high school with honors a full year early. Check out her story on “The Today Show.”
Celebrations as Natasha Conquers Solo Channel Sailing Challenge with Cerebral Palsy
There were smiles and there were tears as 16-year-old cerebral palsy sailor, Natasha Lambert, completed her channel crossing challenge in just four and a half hours. Natasha, from West Cowes, was born with athetoid cerebral palsy, which affects her limbs as well as her speech and confines her to a wheelchair. But to mark her 16th birthday on Friday, June 28, the determined teen, who last year sailed around the Isle of Wight, decided she wanted to undertake the 25-mile channel crossing from Boulogne, France, to Dover, Kent.
“Wampler’s Ascent,” Available Online (Check out this incredible documentary)
The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation and Hollywood Locations announces the worldwide release of “Wampler’s Ascent” on the 11Amps network. This is an intense documentary of a physically disabled man’s quest to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan, as seen through the eyes of his loving wife. Making her directorial debut, Elizabeth Wampler illustrates the moving story of her husband Steve’s dramatic undertaking to raise awareness and funds for a specialized camp for kids with physical disabilities, while also providing a glimpse into their own remarkable love story that awakens the potential in all of us.
High School Graduate with Cerebral Palsy Looking Toward Competing in 2018 Paralympics
With high school now behind him, Andrew Haraghey is focused on making the downhill skiing team at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea. Haraghey, 18, has lived his entire life with cerebral palsy. The disease, which makes it harder for him to control his body, has been frustrating and restrictive. Check out his story below.
Pointed in the Right Direction-Teenager with Cerebral Palsy Wins Bronze
Katrina Schaber, a Rady Children’s cerebral palsy patient, earned a bronze medal as the youngest entrant in open alpine skiing at the North American Paralympic Race Festival in British Columbia, Canada.
Local Teen with Cerebral Palsy Overcomes Challenges to Win Gold and is Awarded Scholarship from Challenge Athletes Foundation
Local San Diego ninth-grader Katrina Schaber overcame great odds to earn the distinction as the U.S. Junior National Gold Medalist for Slalom. Katrina was treated for cerebral palsy by Rady Children’s Dr. Hank Chambers, a specialist in cerebral palsy.
Neighbors Give a Boy His Dream Home
A group of moms in New Jersey band to together to help a young boy with cerebral palsy. Visit the People magazine website below to view this compelling story.
A Band of Their Own
They’ll rock your socks off! Meet the gifted musicians of flame, a nationally touring cover band with a difference, including having a member with cerebral palsy. The members of Flame (flametheband.com), who named themselves after the Special Olympics torch, say their differences just make them rock harder. They have played New York City’s Apollo Theater, the Parthenon in Athens and the 2009 Special Olympics. Says Special Olympics head Tim Shriver: “They defy stereotypes.” Visit the People magazine website below to read this compelling story.