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Cheney High Grad Seeks to Raise Awareness of Cerebral Palsy

Adriana Loya

Via KWCH.com

Like a proud parent, Gay Gower talks about her grandson’s accomplishments.

“For his use of technology with his chair, he received Infinitech outstanding technology achievement,” she said.

But that’s not all. Her grandson Dustin Gower has also been featured in his high school newspaper multiple times.

“He made some artwork and he donated that as part of their community school service day,” Gay said.

The recognition means so much for the family because Dustin is a unique 17-year-old.

“He has cerebral palsy,” Gay said. “He was born prematurely and it’s been in effect since then. It was diagnosed when he was nine months old.”

But, his diagnosis has not stopped Dustin. With the use of special buttons and handles, Dustin is able to move himself around on his wheelchair by using only his hand, chin and mouth.

“Just because you don’t have use in a certain limb, it doesn’t mean you can’t use another one,” Dustin said.

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Teen With Cerebral Palsy Meets Yankees Thanks To Classmates

By Jim Dolan

BRONX (WABC) — A high school senior from North Carolina, a die-hard Yankees fan with cerebral palsy, fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams Wednesday night.

Christian Heavner wanted to go to a Yankees game, and thanks to his classmates, he finally did.

He could have gone anywhere on earth, but he was right where he wanted to be on the field at Yankee Stadium, hanging out with the guys.

“Christian is right where he wants to be, right here,” his mom said. “This has been unbelievable. I’m so overwhelmed.”

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The Heart of a Champion: Riverside Student Battling CP Gets Surprise of a Lifetime

Via San Benito News

By: Pete Banda

 
When Tristan Shafer was born, doctors told his parents that he would most likely never be able to run or play any kind of sport. In fact, doctors informed the parents to prepare for the possibility that Shafer would never be able to walk due to his cerebral palsy. So you can only imagine the amount of joy and intrigue they felt when their son came to them with the revelation that he wanted to join the track team at Riverside Middle school. It would be Tristan’s first time trying out for mainstream sports team.

“Tristan has been taking part in the Special Olympics since last year and he really enjoys it,” said Tristan’s mom, Lauren Shafer, who is a teacher at Riverside. “He heard on the intercom at school that they were going to be holding tryouts for the track team and he came to my class to tell me that he wanted to join the team… It was a little shocking because he had never gone out for any mainstream sports, but I talked to his Dad and we agreed to let him go ahead and do it.”

Tristan would go on to join the team and trained for two weeks before taking part in the first team track meet on the weekend of March 25. Before the race began, Tristan’s parents sat him down and had a talk with him about the possibility that he wouldn’t be winning. That didn’t deter the young athlete one bit.

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Cheney High Grad Seeks to Raise Awareness of Cerebral Palsy

Adriana Loya Via KWCH.com Like a proud parent, Gay Gower talks about her grandson's accomplishments. "For his use of technology with his chair, he received Infinitech outstanding technology achievement," she…

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