Lincoln Boy with Cerebral Palsy “Thrilled” after Stranger Donates £32k to Transform his Life

By Caroline W.

A 16-year-old Lincoln boy who has battled with a debilitating neurological condition all his life will get a life changing piece of equipment thanks to a £32,000 donation from a complete stranger.

Owen Picker had been appealing for help to buy a hi-tech wheelchair that he said would change his life by helping him to stand up and get about more easily.

Owen was born at 29 weeks and was diagnosed with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy when he was 18 months old.

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P.A. Fire Department Donates Bike to Local Boy with Cerebral Palsy

By Spencer Sterritt

On a regular day when a fire truck pulls out of Prince Albert’s fire station, it’s for an emergency.

But Sunday was no regular day.

The fire truck pulled out in front of a crowd of people at the station, revealing a brand new bike for ten-year-old Nicholas Bishop.

His face lit up in disbelief as he looked at his first bike.

Nicholas has Cerebral Palsy, and hasn’t been able to ride a bike unassisted.

The bike has three wheels to make it safe to ride. Using the bike will also help Nicholas’ leg muscles develop, and the hope is that one day he’ll be able to ride a two-wheeled bike.

He put it through its paces in the fire hall, riding around and turning on a dime as firefighters and his family looked on.

“Every kid deserves to have a bike,” his mother Rachel said. “We love to do things as a family. Bike riding is something we’ve wanted to do as a family for quite some time and now we’re going to be able to go all together.

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Overcoming Cerebral Palsy and Winning

By Saurabh Gupta

MUMBAI: Fourteen extraordinary achievers were honoured at the ADAPT Achievement Awards in Mumbai on the occasion of World Cerebral Palsy Day. The six winners are Vivek Joshi (Academics), Mandeep Singh Manu (Arts and Humanities), Avelino D’Sa (Activism), Padma Tharani (Entrepreneurship), Basawaraj Nagnath Paike (Independent Living) and Rohit Jain (Corporate Employment). Seven runners up were also awarded at the function.

Mara Palli Saravanthi from Hyderabad won the Special Jury Award. The young girl from Hyderabad has got a Masters in Economics from the Osmania University. But Ms Saravanthi says she is equally good with her culinary skills.

“I want to mention my mother here. Without her support from the beginning, I would never have been here,” she told the audience while accepting her award.

Avelino D’sa, who overcame huge challenges, battling the disorder that affects motor movements, is now an Investment and Tax Consultant and a staunch supporter of inclusive education. Addressing the parents at the function, he said, “You also must be wondering, what your children with severe disabilities will be doing. They will be doing well and these questions must be there on mind as well. You are seeing achievers today in the field of disability. Be rest assured your children one day will be achievers if you believe in them.”

The highlight of the evening though was a selfie contest in which individuals have to post selfies with a person with cerebral palsy.

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