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Ellen Kahle Feature

By Jeffery R. Ratliff

Napoleon senior Ellen Kahle can not play sports, but she has not let that stop her from being an integral part of not one or two, but three sports programs during her high school career. Kahle, who has cerebral palsy, has been the manager for the girls soccer and basketball teams and the softball team since her freshman year, making her a 12-sport athlete.

Cerebral palsy (CP), according to Wikipedia, is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary between people. Often problems include: poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, trouble swallowing or speaking, and tremors among others. There may also be problems with sensation, vision and hearing. Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance and posture.

Diagnosed with CP before she was 2-years old, Kahle has undergone 14 surgeries, the first before her third birthday, to help with her muscle tightness, lengthening of her hamstrings and correcting the formation of her legs.

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