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Stamford Elks Honor Lacerenza for Helping Others with Cerebral Palsy

By Robyn Blosio Bova

James Lacerenza, Stamford native, learned to live with cerebral palsy and helped others with disabilities do the same. On Saturday, he will be honored for his work.

Lacerenza will receive the “Citizen of the Year” award from Stamford Elks. The organization will also honor its Officer of the Year and Elk of the Year at the dinner, which will be held at the lodge at 943 Hope St.

Lacerenza was born 11 weeks prematurely on March 17, 1987. He spent 55 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital before coming home to his parents, Elaine and Jim. James went through many obstacles upon being diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth, but has never let his disability fully define him.

Lacerenza volunteered for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 12 years and raised nearly $100,000 in Stamford to send children from the New York Metropolitan area with muscular dystrophy to a free week-long summer camp.

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NJ Man, with Cerebral Palsy, Becomes Triathlon Athlete

By Jamie Apody

Harvey Dawkins is an elite athlete but what you wouldn’t know just by looking at him on a bike is that he also has cerebral palsy. While walking is difficult, riding isn’t.

“I just had the drive that I wanted to find something I could do that I could do really, really well” said Dawkins.

Cycling is it for Dawkins and he does is all for charity. His current goal is to compete in a Bike MS Ride in all 50 states. The rides are 150 miles over two days, raising money for multiple sclerosis.

“I ride for any cause because I believe in trying to help people,” said Dawkins.

He’s done one of those for eight years straight but decided that’s not enough of a challenge. Two years ago, he decided to take up triathlons as well.

“I like watching the Ironman and I just saw stories of people overcoming adversity and I said, ‘I can do that,'” he said.

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IronBros Go Extra Mile for Cerebral Palsy

By Eugene Bingham

It started as a simple idea – three brothers and a “bro” coming together to help raise money for cerebral palsy.

Somewhere along the line, they decided that the black-tie dinners and auctions weren’t challenging enough. So they decided to compete in an Ironman too – and the IronBros were born.

And now they’re back on a second endurance and fundraising mission.

“We love the challenge,” said chief IronBro, Paul Farnan. “For the Ironman, it was all about the journey, nine months of hard work.”

The inspiration for that event, the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships in Melbourne, 2013 – and the raising of $150,000 – was the daughter of IronBro Greg, Georgia Farnan, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 3. They’d done it to show their support for Georgia.

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