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By Scott Allen

Redskins wide receiver and pizza man Pierre Garcon was at Paisano’s in Arlington on Tuesday for a fundraiser for Centreville High student Juwaan Espinal, who has cerebral palsy. If Espinal’s name sounds familiar, it’s because Robert Griffin III helped one of his classmates ask him to prom with a surprise promposal back in May.

Garcon posed for photos and signed autographs for fans who made at least a $25 donation at Tuesday’s event. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a specialized van that will enable Espinal’s mom to transport him without removing him from his wheelchair. Through Aug. 31, Paisano’s and Bella Pizza in Centreville will also donate 50 percent of their sales to the cause when customers mention Juwaan’s name.

“Making somebody else’s life a little bit easier is better than scoring a touchdown and playing football,” Garcon told WJLA.

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By Jaye Watson

ROME, Ga. — The next time you feel sorry for yourself or think you can’t do something, remember Andrew Cook.

Andrew, an 18-year-old Rome resident, was born with cerebral palsy. He didn’t learn to walk — with the help of a walker — until he was 10.

The teen worked hard this summer raising money so he could take a church mission trip to Nicaragua, where he could help deliver food and supplies to poor villages. Andrew can’t read or write, but he dictated a fundraising letter for his family to send out.

Andrew’s mother Karen captured a great moment during the trip. Her son, despite his unsteady legs, walked all the way across a ravine on a log.

Karen said Andrew was so proud and happy to make the trip, help people and challenge himself.

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By Luchina Fisher

HONOLULU – Four “Dancing With the Stars” pros made a girl’s dream come true when they dropped by for a surprise visit before a performance in Honolulu.

Currently on tour with their show, “Ballroom with a Twist,” professional dancers Val Chmerkovskiy, his brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff and Sharna Burgess met 14-year-old Sophia Robinson backstage before the start of the show Thursday, ABC News reported.

Robinson, who is battling cerebral palsy and diabetes, gets around in a wheelchair but her favorite show is “Dancing With the Stars.”

According to ABC affiliate KITV, Robinson’s mother, Ina Ries, arranged the meeting by writing to the show’s producers about her daughter’s health challenges.

A spokeswoman for Honolulu’s Shriners Hospitals for Children, where Robinson is a patient, told ABC News that the teenager began having seizures last December and that her mother “nearly lost her.”

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