A Rudy moment for a football team brought the crowd, players and coaches to tears in Monroe. In the final game of the season, an honorary player got to take the field for the first time and made the most of his opportunity. “The quarterback just hands me the ball, and I run as hard as I can because I want that so bad,” he said.
He wants it badly. The rush, the feel of running the ball into the end zone and scoring a touchdown for his team. He sees his twin brother, Austin, on the gridiron at Monroe’s countywide junior football league. The big difference between the two brothers? Parker has been playing against a tough opponent all ten years of his life. He has cerebral palsy, which is damage to the brain done at or before birth. It’s supposed to do a number on your muscles and movement. You wouldn’t know it at first glance. Just ask his twin brother.
St. Petersburg Times. Sunday, October 23, 2011
It was a dark day for Lisa Sexton and the fairy tale life she had dreamed of having. Told that her firstborn, Tyler, had cerebral palsy and would likely spend his life in a wheelchair, Sexton went home and closed all the blinds. In the dark, she mourned. Today, Tyler Sexton (see video) wouldn’t let cerebral palsy keep him from becoming a medical doctor.
ABC News October 16, 2011 (SKOKIE, Ill.) (WLS) — A Chicago area man with cerebral palsy and his personal assistant are bringing their real-life adventures to stage with music and a lot of humor.
Their show “Handicap This” will challenge audience members’ thinking about people with disabilities and increase awareness about people with severe physical disabilities.
Tim Wambach, 37, and Mike Berkson, 22, are rehearing for their upcoming shows at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.