By Robyn Blosio Bova
James Lacerenza, Stamford native, learned to live with cerebral palsy and helped others with disabilities do the same. On Saturday, he will be honored for his work.
Lacerenza will receive the “Citizen of the Year” award from Stamford Elks. The organization will also honor its Officer of the Year and Elk of the Year at the dinner, which will be held at the lodge at 943 Hope St.
Lacerenza was born 11 weeks prematurely on March 17, 1987. He spent 55 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital before coming home to his parents, Elaine and Jim. James went through many obstacles upon being diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth, but has never let his disability fully define him.
Lacerenza volunteered for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 12 years and raised nearly $100,000 in Stamford to send children from the New York Metropolitan area with muscular dystrophy to a free week-long summer camp.
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