By Katharine Cassens
Charles Dieteman, Charlie to his teachers and classmates, honored World Cerebral Palsy Day Oct. 1 by collecting, and then donating, more than $600 to Niagara Cerebral Palsy.
Dieteman, a sixth grade student at Lewiston-Porter Middle School, was born with cerebral palsy (CP), a chronic condition affecting the areas of the brain that control movement and muscle coordination.
According to Tara McLellan, Dieteman’s mother, his CP is mild, but he still has his struggles. Less than 7 percent of individuals with CP have more than one type. He has more than three.
“It isn’t CP that defines Charlie,” said Joy Khatib, a teacher at the multi-age Intermediate Education Center (IEC). “He is widely known throughout both schools for his contagious smile, kind personality and compassion towards others. Charlie possesses a relentless spirit that never gives up and always sees the positive side to any situation.”
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