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By Dennis Ferrier

It’s homecoming Friday in Lawrence County, and the queen of the court is a young woman you will never forget.

She is a beautiful woman with a radiant smile, but check all your other expectations at the door, because the queen and her court defy stereotypes.

In a world where special ed can be a heartless punch line, at Lawrence County it is truly special, where kids look past wheelchairs and slurred speech and see princesses and queens.

“Stereotypes are overrated. We don’t stereotype people, especially in our class, we love each other,” said student Lauren Old.

This year’s queen, Cheyenne Keaton, is a lifelong friend of student body President Carson Black.

“She is one of the most beautiful people I know. She’s in a wheelchair, she has cerebral palsy. I’ve known her since kindergarten, so she’s always had a special place in my heart,” Black said.

Keaton is wheelchair bound and struggles with her speech, but she smiles as quickly as anyone you’ll ever meet.

She will be crowned Friday night with her court by her side.

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By Bill Murphy

A little boy with cerebral palsy won over the heart of an Everyday Hero.

Jennifer Roberts works as a server at Irish 31 in Westchase. Roberts was touched by the story of Neiko Henson. Neiko’s mom, Courtney Henson, said the 4-year-old is a special child.

“He was born with cerebral palsy. We’re trying to help him raise money for his dog to become a service dog,” Courtney Henson said.

Neiko suffered a stroke and brain damage when he was five weeks old. He faces the possibility of heart surgery, and the family is hoping to raise funds so their dog Molly can be trained.

“She will have equipment that’s hooked onto her back. She will help him with balance,” Courtney Henson said. “Neiko can’t get around. His balance is very poor. He’s blind in his right eye. So she’s going to be his guide.”

That’s where Roberts stepped in. She and the rest of the team at Irish 31 started a fundraiser to help pay for the training costs. Roberts tells customers at the restaurant Neiko’s story in the hope they will want to contribute to Molly’s training.

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By Scott Reynolds

All kids love toys. They probably don’t think about the difference between carpet and wood floors, but a wood floor will be one of the most helpful things the Logsdon family received in our latest WAVE 3 Active Heroes Military Makeover.

Their son Levi has Cerebral Palsy and uses a walker. Now his new bedroom has a floor that will allow him to move around independently.

Levi and his sister Presley screamed when they saw all the toys in their updated bedroom. There was a kitchen set for Levi to cook, personalized bedding and so many toys.

The kids will have plenty to keep them busy and mom and dad appreciate all the support their family has received.

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