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Stories of  Rady Children’s Cerebral Palsy Patients in the News

Paralympic Skier Nears the Summit
Rady Children’s patient Katrina Schaber, an adaptive standing alpine skier from Carlsbad, hopes to compete in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea in March.

Rady Children’s Cerebral Palsy Patients Take Adaptive Rock Climbing to National Level
Four of our patients recently traveled to Atlanta to participate in the U.S. National Adaptive Rock Climbing event. They all completed the event, and two brought home medals, including one gold. Go Team Rady!

Grace Lockwood Is Doing Swimmingly as a “Challenged Athlete”
Check out Gracie’s story on how she hopes to take her swimming to the Paralympic level.
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Surfer Girl Gets Special Wheelchair to Access Beach
A Pacific Beach girl born with cerebal palsy has received the gift of a lifetime: a special wheelchair that allows her to get down to the beach. What seems like a simple outing is actually very difficult for Riley Phelps, as most beaches don’t have an access point for those with challenges and getting to the water is difficult. But no longer! Riley has received a custom-built “Box Beach Bomber Wheelchair” from the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s grant program.

Local Boy With Cerebral Palsy Makes U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team
A 17-year-old senior at Del Norte High is traveling the world as the youngest member of the United States Paralympic National Soccer Team and is preparing for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Local Volleyball Club Learns About Adaptive Sports from a Rady Childrens Patient
Katrina Schaber, a U.S. Adaptive Alpine skier and Rady Children’s cerebral palsy patient, helped raise awareness of adaptive sports at the Genuine Volleyball Club in Carlsbad. Katrina, along with Travis Ricks, a U.S. Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team member, talked to the club about adaptive sports. The event wrapped up with the volleyball club athletes joining the adaptive athletes for a game of sitting volleyball. 51

Local Man With CP Travels the World Playing Golf and Raising Awareness
Zachary Adler, 32, was born with cerebral palsy, but that hasn’t stopped the Pacific Beach man from playing at golf courses around the world.

Ballplayers Find Their Field of Dreams
Check out the 10th Challenger Classic for 40 area Little League teams of more than 900 youth ballplayers with mental and physical needs.

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.

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.

No Matter the Obstacles, She Never Gets Down or Quits
No matter what obstacle Quinn faces living with cerebral palsy, she never gets down or quits. Quinn is involved in multiple adaptive sports and a local college student. Check out Quinn’s moving story.

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.,0,7598601.story?fb_action_ids=1020230333608

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.,,20455983,00.html

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 (, 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.,,20432939,00.html