By Kaitlin Candelaria
Those that know him will tell you that James Strong lives up to his last name. At only 13 years old, Strong has already undergone over 20 surgeries and has a wide range of conditions including hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, cerebral palsy and Dandy-Walker Syndrome. He is also wheelchair bound due an inoperable tumor on his spinal cord.
“James is what perseverance is,” Kim Mitchell, James’ mother said. “He’s the definition of strength. He is the definition of faith, and he is the complete definition of life.”
Mitchell found out at five months pregnant that Strong would suffer from hydrocephalus and need a shunt placed in his brain immediately after his birth.
“I knew from that day that things were going to be a little bit different in our life,” Mitchell said. “However, different is not bad. James has been a blessing and an inspiration.”
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