The End of Cerebral Palsy Series

I hope you have enjoyed reading about “What is Cerebral Palsy?” and of the Famous People that have or had suffered from Cerebral Palsy. Sadly, we have come to the end of our “Cerebral Palsy Series”. We now begin our “Epilepsy Series” so please enjoy reading.

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Cerebral Palsy Series-Disabled Legend Thomas Ritter

Thomas Ritter was an Attorney and a former UCPA Board of Directors. Brother of Actor John Ritter. Father, Tex Ritter, helped start United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc. Thomas Ritter was born with cerebral palsy. In 1979, his brother, John Ritter, helped raise money for the disease.

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Cerebral Palsy Series-Disabled Legend Jhamak Ghimire

Jhamak Ghimire is a poet and writer from Nepal who has won many awards for her writing of literature. Jhamak Ghimire is Nepal’s equal of Helen Keller. Born in 1980 with cerebral palsy, Ghimire’s desire led her to learn to read and write. She went on to become one of the leading and well respected literary figures of Nepal. She has also become a symbol of courage to people with disabilities around the world.

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Cerebral Palsy Series-Disabled Legend Jerry Traylor

Jerry Traylor is a motivational speaker with cerebral palsy. He is the only person to jog across America on crutches. Traylor underwent 14 corrective surgeries and spent nearly a year in the hospital when he was 6 years old. When crutches replaced the braces holding his legs at age 14, Traylor said he experienced a sense of freedom that was unbelievable. Traylor has also participated in the running of 35 marathons, climbed to the top of 14,110 foot Pike’s Peak, parachuting and other adventures.

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Cerebral Palsy Series-Disabled Legend Steady Eddie

Steady Eddie is an Australian Comedian. Steady Eddy is the stage name of Christopher Widdows, an Australian comedian and actor with Cerebral palsy. Widdows used his disability as the basis for his comedy. Eddy started at the International Melbourne Comedy Festival where has was rewarded with a Young Australian Achievers Award and has since toured the UK, Canada and USA, released a big-selling CD and video and won two MO Awards and an ARIA for Best Comedy Recording.

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Cerebral Palsy Series-Disabled Legend Ruth Sienkiewicz Mercer

Ruth Sienkiewicz Mercer was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was a healthy baby, but was afflicted with a severe bout of encephalitis at the age of five weeks. At thirteen months, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy resulting from the encephalitis. Her control over her entire body, except for her face and digestive system, was severely impaired; though not completely paralyzed, she could not care for herself or communicate through speech as most people know it. Due to her inability to communicate normally, she was diagnosed as an imbecile at the age of five.

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Cerebral Palsy Series-Disabled Legend Chris Nolan

Christopher Nolan is an Irish author. He moved to Dublin for an education.He was educated at the Central Remedial Clinic School, Mount Temple Comprehensive School and at Trinity College, Dublin. He was born with cerebral palsy, from birth complications, and writes using a special computer. He had been deprived of oxygen for two hours when he was born, but his mother believed he could understand what was going on and used to teach him at home. Eventually, they discovered a drug that allowed him to move one muscle in his neck so they attached this unicorn device to his forehead and he learned to type. Nolan has never spoken or signed a word in his life, yet his poetry has been compared to that of Joyce, Keats, and Yeats. At fifteen, his first book Dam-Burst of Dreams is accepted for publication.

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