Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A True Winner - Cerebral Palsy Doesn't Slow Down Nathan


Nathan and his twin Jacob were born 4th of July 2002 at 29 weeks. Shortly after birth Nathan suffered a Grade IV brain hemorrhage. As a result he has left hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Nathan is currently in the 3rd grade and doing very well. I want to share his story of hope as it has not always been so easy and there were many days when we wondered how Nathan would do as he grew older.


Nathan has been competing in the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged the past three years. His first year he took home 7 gold medals - a medal in each event he entered. The second year he earned 8 gold and again this year 8 gold medals for Nathan!!!! This year he won gold medals in the 40M, 60M, 100M dash, distance kick, soft toss, precision throw, and bowling.
 
Nathan also has been taking Karate for the past 2 1/2 years and was promoted to rank of blue belt in September. He recently competed in a tournament for Karate with typically developing children and did an awesome job. Here is a video of Nathan from that Tournament.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2N-iq4FEts

Nathan continues to work hard in both school, Karate, and he does all of this despite his disability. He amazes me each day!!! I am so proud to be his mom. :)    Nathan's Mom

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