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Feat of Feet: Glassboro Man with Cerebral Palsy Keeps Running

Feat of Feet: Glassboro Man with Cerebral Palsy Keeps Running

By Carly Q. Romalino

Matt Rich crossed the finish line at the Police Unity Tour 5K earlier this month in 120th place. He wasn’t last. That’s all that mattered.

The Glassboro man — an advocate for cerebral palsy — finished the 3.1-mile race in 44 minutes and 31 seconds, his fastest time ever. He crossed the finish line on crutches placing 120th of 126 runners in the Washington Township race — a feat he hoped for five years ago when he took his first unassisted steps to his mother.

Rich, 32, could be considered an “overnight success,” by the music industry’s standards — It only took him 30 years to hit a major milestone.

Wednesday he wore green for National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.

“I want people to understand and to see the person first and the cerebral palsy second,” said Rich, an advocate for the disorder impacting more than 17 million people in the world and 1 in 303 babies in the Unites States.

“All we really want as human being is acceptance.”

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