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By Ashley Goodfellow

This time last year, Logan McNab could walk independently. Today, the 10-year-old boy cannot manage even one step without assistance, and his only chance to fully regain the ability to walk has a hefty price tag attached.

Born with a brain injury and Cerebral Palsy, Logan suffers from severe tightness and muscle deterioration in his limbs – in particular, his legs – and without drastic and expensive intervention, the boy’s condition will continue to worsen.

So, when Brampton resident Will Bennett learned that his friend Dan McNab needs $100,000 to pay for a surgery that will turn things around for Logan, he decided to do something.

Bennett, the guitarist/vocalist for Brampton-based band The Red Boy, has organized a fundraising event – Logan’s Hope – with the hopes of raising $5,000. It will be a showcase of local musical talent – with seven bands on the bill – and include raffles and prizes. The all-ages event takes place Jan. 24 at Spot One with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, and are available through band members or at Brampton’s Long & McQuade.

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By Tyler Miles

Cerebral palsy isn’t enough to hold back Dillon Strouse, the founder and owner of Strouse Entertainment, who on Jan. 12 attended a small business roundtable held at the White House in Washington D.C.

The roundtable was orchestrated by the Obama Administration and Thumbtack, which, according to a news release, is “a consumer service that helps millions of people accomplish the personal projects that are central to their lives.”

Those invited to attend the roundtable discussed with Washington policy makers the challenges and experiences small business owners face in today’s economy.

“This trip is a great chance to help create job opportunities for others,” said Strouse. “I am excited about the chance to help others start and grow their businesses.”

Strouse was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a congenital disorder that affects the muscles and motor skills, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center when was just 10 months old.

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By Michael Yong

A specialist operation in the United States could help toddler Isla Haffield walk for the first time. Two-year-old Isla was born two months premature, and suffered bleeding in the brain just hours after birth. It left her with brain damage, which months later, developed into cerebral palsy. The little girl, who has to do physiotherapy exercises five times a day, finds it difficult to use her arms, but more importantly, her stiff legs.

While most children her age will be running around the playground, Isla struggles to stand. The cerebral palsy means she cannot sit without her specialist seat, and is unable to crawl or stand unaided. Her parents, Jason and Kate, from Badgeworth, Cheltenham, were heartbroken when they learned the news about their only child.

Kate said: “It was really worrying when we heard about it the morning after the birth. I had seen very little of her, because it was a difficult birth. But when I heard about the bleeding in the brain, it was like a dagger through my heart. My first thought was ‘is she going to live?’

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