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Young soccer fan gets a King-sized surprise

ESPN Racing | Original Link by Marty Smith Indianapolis, Indiana, United States —I saw freedom in a boy’s smile today. Samuel Sawyer is 11 years old and confined to a wheelchair. He is sweet. His smile is shy. (But whose isn’t, I guess, when surrounded by a bunch of random people?) Samuel was born with […]

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21st Annual Sprint for Spina Bifida Showcases Local Talent

Wauwatosa Now | Original Link by Katey Collins Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States—On Saturday, August 9th, 2014, the 21st Annual Sprint for Spina Bifida promises to showcase many individuals and families who truly are “Stronger Together.” Over 500 people will proudly participate in the 2mile, 5k and 10k events that wind through the beautiful Menomonee River […]

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Spina bifida no match for Central Texas powerlifter

KXAN News | Original Link ELGIN, Texas, United States —Under the shade of a barn in Elgin, the sounds of summer are broken up by the clanking of iron. Gabe Gigout is working out with his dad and trainer, Shane Gigout, preparing for powerlifting competitions around the world. “It’s really awesome because not only is he […]

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The Influence of Condition Parameters and Internalizing Symptoms on Social Outcomes in Youth With Spina Bifida

Journal of Pediatric Psychology | Original Link by Bonnie S. Essner, PhD, Caitlin B. Murray, MA and Grayson N. Holmbeck, PhD Department of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago Abstract Objective To test a model of social competence in youth with spina bifida (SB). Involvement in social activities was expected to mediate associations between SB-related condition parameters […]

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Spina bifida tot gets chance to walk with special harness

Castle Douglas three-year-old gets up … see! Daily Record | Original Link by Stuart Gillespie Castle Douglas, Scotland —Little Anya Smith has been able to walk for the first time – with a little help from her friends. The Castle Douglas tot was born with spina bifida, meaning she is unlikely to ever stand on […]

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Carter, an active toddler ready to walk

by Rebecca, a mom in Wisconsin Wisconsin, United States —Our Son, Carter, was born February 26, 2013 with myelomeningocele spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and Arnold Chiari Malformation II. He is our Rock Star! We live in Wisconsin and all his care is provided by the American Family Children’s Hospital of Madison, WI. From the day Carter […]

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Girl with spina bifida crowned “Miss Spirit” in Dearborn

Press & Guide | Original Link by Aysha Jamali Dearborn, Michigan, United States —Lilly Hejhal, a 10-year-old with spina bifida, was selected for her positivity when she was named “Miss Spirit” at a preteen pageant in Dearborn earlier this month. Lilly Hejhal of Holly was awarded the honor at the Miss Michigan Junior Pre-Teen 2014 […]

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