As two brothers – Kyle and Brent Pease – are preparing for their first Ironman race, they reflect on how athletics empower people with disabilities and foster awareness.
Caring for a child with cerebral palsy is a full-time obligation that can be as overwhelming as it is rewarding. Extended family members can be instrumental in helping to ensure a child’s health, education and safety needs are being met.
Father and Son
Alejandro Zea is a mixed martial artist known for his physical power in the ring. When his son Damien was born with cerebral palsy, Alejandro came to see a side of fighting he could never imagine existed.
“In spite of my disability I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything because it makes me who I am,” said Priscilla Morrison. “I have a lot of friends that support me in everything I do. I hope my readers find this helpful in some way.” Priscilla shares her life story, maturing with cerebral palsy.
Inspired by family to help people with special needs, Eunice Kennedy Shriver spent her lifetime changing attitudes and pressing for inclusion and social acceptance on behalf of people with disabilities.
Sometimes, a family is not the people you share blood ties with, it’s the people who chose you – above all others – to love and support. For Kerry and Patricia, the fact that their adopted twin daughters have cerebral palsy is a component of their active and loving forever home, but not the focus.
For Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach, creating the two-man show Handicap This! dispels notions that those with cerebral palsy don’t have anything in common with those who do not.
Ian Wilson’s home-sewn NASCAR costume and custom wheel hubs help him cross the finish line as racing’s ultimate fanboy..
Growing up in rural Ohio, Catherine Lovano says having her aunt Terry as a mentor helped her accept her disability, share her experiences, and come out of her shell.
For more information on mentorship, visit Mentors.
Siblings and Twins
Parents not only of twins and multiples but also of children where one or more has a disability, may navigate some challenging situations as their children grow and mature. A child’s disability need not be a barrier to close, supportive lifelong relationships among siblings.
A woman of super-human powers and uncommon grace, our mothers are the go-to individuals that wipe tears, administer sage advice, advocate for us behind the scenes and work every day to bring out the best we have to offer. Here’s our tribute to the woman who believes in us.
Spouses and Partners
Artist Dan Keplinger said in the Academy Award-winning film about his life that he expected to have a life of loneliness because he believed his cerebral palsy would prohibit someone from loving him. But Dan would ultimately find that life is full of surprises after meeting his soul mate and wife, Dena.
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INSPIRATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY
Relationships, whether through friendship, work, family or care, add meaning, quality and inspiration to our lives. If you have a story about a very special relationship that involves an individual with cerebral palsy, we would like to learn more.