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By Quest Community Newspapers

Jackson Rhodes loves good cooking.

But choosing ingredients and using utensils to prepare a meal can be a challenge for children and adults with cerebral palsy.

The Ormiston 12-year-old was given the opportunity to create his own pasta dish with the help of Risko Isic, owner of Italian restaurant Mariosarti at Toowong.

Jackson and Mr Risko created an open lasagne featuring Jackson’s favourite, Moreton Bay bugs. The dish also included chilli, garlic, ginger, parsley, shallots, brandy, napoli cream and prawns from Mooloolaba

For each sale of Jackson’s special creation, Mariosarti will donate $5 to Cerebral Palsy League, which works to help children and adults with disabilities.

Mr Isic’s three-year-old son Daniel has cerebral palsy and he said new challenges were faced every day.

“As a parent, watching your child grow up is exciting, but when your child has a disability you watch them grow out of their standing frame or therapeutic suit and have to look at selling your house to move into a more accessible home,” The Toowong resident said.

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By Justin Ove

A pair of Atlanta brothers have been training for the upcoming Ironman Florida race in Panama City for almost a year, but what makes them special is their commitment to one another and their determination to not let cerebral palsy get in the way of their goals.

Kyle Pease was born with CP, but he never wanted his condition to keep him from getting involved in athletic activities, WSB-TV reports. Kyle and his brother Brent set their sights on Ironman competitions, which combine a 2.4 mile swim, a 121 mile bike ride, and a full marathon into one event. Competitors have only 17 hours to finish the race.

The brothers became the first assisted pair of brothers in history to complete the grueling triathlon at a 2013 competition in Wisconsin, with a finish time of just over 15 hours. Brent pushed Kyle’s specially-designed wheelchair during the marathon, dragged him on an inflatable raft during the swim, and pedaled a special bicycle to accommodate them both during the cycling portion.

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By Mike Dauplaise

Chris Engstrom wants to educate children and their parents about the important role that service dogs play in the lives of their disabled owners. She has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to finance a book project that shares her story.

The Green Bay, Wisconsin-based author wrote “Original Orik and His Important Job: A Service Dog Story” with the goal of helping people understand the relationship between owner and working pet.

“This book is unique in that I tell the story through the voice of my service dog, Orik,” said Engstrom, who has cerebral palsy. “The book uses humor to teach that everyone has strengths they can use to overcome personal challenges.”

The book is appropriate for children ages 5-8. The text is fun for adults to read to children or for school-age children to read on their own. The story goes through a typical day for some service dogs, while still explaining how much they love their job.

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