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By The Guardian

Applause erupted in the gymnasium at West Royalty Elementary School in Charlottetown as Brett Robinson made his way to the front of the room.

Brett, 15, is the 2014 P.E.I. Easter Seals ambassador and his entourage embarked on a six-day school tour on Tuesday. As part of the Tim Hortons school tour, he will visit 65 schools before the tour wraps up April 24.

The Grade 10 student from Charlottetown Rural High School was born with cerebral palsy stemming from a lack of oxygen at birth.The disease limits his movement so he uses a wheelchair.

He calls himself a non-traditional communicator and, with the help of the Tobii communicator on his Panasonic Tough Book, he is spreading his inspirational message to students across the Island.

When his family told him that he was this year’s ambassador, he said he felt like he was in a dream and on the tour, he has encouraged students to pursue their own dreams. His slogan for this year’s campaign is: Think it…Dream it…Live it.

“I want people to dream big and live their best life,” he said in his speech.

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By David Wilkes and Mike Brown

She cannot stand on her own, never mind walk, so being a flower girl at her auntie’s wedding sadly seemed to be a step too far.

But the disabled four-year-old charmed onlookers by walking down the aisle giggling – thanks to a harness which was sewn into her dress and attached her to her father, allowing them to take the steps together.

She said she ‘felt like Cinderella’ – and to everyone’s delight the device enabled her to dance at the reception too.

Isabella, who has cerebral palsy which has left her legs undeveloped and uses a wheelchair, was two when she was asked to be flower girl at her aunt Louise Luckett’s wedding to Jonathan Heathcote-Curtis.

Her family hoped she would taking a few steps by the time of the wedding at 13th century St Nicholas Church in Wilden, Bedfordshire, last Saturday, but sadly it was not to be.

But her parents Gary and Natalie Luckett, both 29, heard about the new harness, called an Upsee, which was only launched onto the worldwide market last month.

Mr Luckett, who works on an oil rig in Abu Dhabi, contacted the company behind it to get one specially made for Isabella in time for the wedding.

Afterwards Mrs Luckett, of St Neots, Cambridgeshire, said: ‘Bella’s very shy but she told me she feels like a princess, like Cinderella.

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By John Madewell

Lacrosse is a sport growing in popularity, and also one that has opened up a new world for one Signal Mountain player.

Signal Mountain Middle School 7th grader Jay Hollis had a stroke at birth and suffered left side impairment.

But lacrosse has helped him score a victory over his mild cerebral palsy.Hollis plays middie on Signal Mountain’s lacrosse team.

During practice, his coach, Paul Fagan, shouts out instructions to him, “Now, Jay you go all the way through.”

When Jay gears up, he has difficulty getting his left glove on.His family realized when he was about four months old, his development delayed.But lacrosse has opened a whole new world.

Hollis said, “It’s like a miracle, like when I was a baby, I couldn’t walk that much and my hand kept on doing like this and just to see it now, that’s amazing.”

This is his first year playing. Before taking on lacrosse, running – with the pumping motion of the hands and arms – was difficult. His mother, Julie Hollis, said lacrosse has been a blessing. “And that’s one of the huge improvements we’ve seen through his lacrosse because he holds a stick to run with. So we’ve noticed vast improvement in his speed and agility because he’s had something to give him that stability and balance.”

His close friend Davis Payne encouraged him to play and he finds support through his twin sister. “Again my sister’s a big friend of mine, she just helps me every day. I’m glad for it.”

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