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By Lauri Neff

For RJ Mitte, playing Walter White Jr. in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” was art imitating life.

Like the 22-year-old actor, his character had cerebral palsy – just a more severe case, requiring Mitte to learn to walk on crutches and slow his speech for the role. Mitte says he also had to revisit some of the challenges he faced growing up, which served as “a great reminder” that helped him win the part.

“The past does haunt you, but it haunts you for a reason: to remind you of the mistakes and actions you’ve made along the way and you have to grow from those actions,” he said.

Mitte says those experiences enabled him to bring something to the role that others couldn’t.

“My disability has given me so many things that people will never understand unless you have it,” he said in a recent interview. “Unless you’ve been through the physical therapy, unless you’ve been (through) the sweat, the tears, the family problems, the family struggles, but wondering how you’re going to get that HMO, wondering how you’re going to get those medical bills. You develop a different mentality and you develop a different look at how the world sees you and how you see the world.”

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By Ajay Nair

A fundraising grandmother is asking people to run laps of her street to help her grandson get one step closer to walking unaided.

Linda Foster, 57, of Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, is organising the charity event to help raise £20,000 for seven-year-old Ronnie Foster, of Benfleet, who has cerebral palsy and uses a walking frame.

The family, which is almost halfway to the fundraising target, will use the money for Ronnie’s aftercare and rehabilitation after he undergoes a selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) operation in March next year.

Linda is calling on people to run or walk 268 laps of her street collectively – the equivalent of four marathons.

She said: “The money will be life-changing for Ronnie and the support we’ve already received means the world to us.”

“We’re overwhelmed – it’s really opened my eyes to appreciate everyone’s contributions.”

If the family raises more than the £20,000 target the extra money will be donated to sick children’s charity, Tree of Hope.

Linda added: “The bank my son works for has said that they will double what my son makes on the day.”

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By LaSalle Blanks

Courage. Inspiration. Friendship. Love. Sometimes we can be amazed watching our children.

Ben Gulisano is a 12-year-old boy who lives in Virginia Beach. He loves baseball and loves his team — the Virginia Beach Hurricanes. But Ben has cerebral palsy and can’t walk well without a cane.

“It’s frustrating because I want to do more to help the team,” Ben said.

Over the summer, his team did something remarkable to help him, and in turn, Ben inspired them.

The Hurricanes were playing in a national championship tournament at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Ben’s brother, Alex, is also a member of the team. Ben has always had dreams of them playing together, but because of his cerebral palsy, Ben could only watch Alex and the team from the dugout.

The Hurricanes asked the team they were playing if they could stop the game and let Ben have an honorary at-bat. The gesture meant everything to him.

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