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November 19, 1995 | By Sharon Tubbs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In 1986, Kirk Vosbikian, a third grader at Parkway Elementary School, died of a rare form of cancer. Nine years later, his ordeal is inspiring a spirit of giving among the school's students and teachers, as evidenced by a display of affection for another ailing Parkway student. The teachers and students call their fund-raising campaign the Circle of Giving. So far, the students have donated $475.03 in pennies to Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. Plus, they sold about $500 worth of hoagies on Election Day for charities that benefit cerebral palsy.
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February 10, 2003 | By Marie McCullough INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A major report on the causes of cerebral palsy is renewing debate over how often, and how much, a physician is to blame when a baby is born with the disorder. The 95-page document, issued by two leading physicians groups, concludes that cerebral palsy is rarely caused by lack of oxygen, or asphyxia, during labor and delivery. It also sets out nine criteria for judging whether a child's disability is due to asphyxia, and whether it occurred during birth. Trial lawyers have denounced the report as self-serving and dangerous.
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July 30, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The climb up the 72 steps that lead to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art began at 10 a.m. Saturday for the woman known as the Left-Thumb Blogger. Glenda Watson Hyatt, a 44-year-old writer with cerebral palsy whose autobiography is called I'll Do It Myself , didn't quite do it alone. The Rocky devotees wouldn't let her. Hyatt was surrounded by a Rocky impersonator, a newspaper executive who wrote a book about Rocky, and a band playing the Rocky theme.
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December 23, 1990 | By Marguerite P. Jones, Special to The Inquirer
Steven Roach always loved karate: He read about it, watched martial-arts movies and dreamed about studying it. But because he has cerebral palsy, Roach, 17, and almost everyone else thought he could never actually practice karate. Now, after four months of lessons, the Doylestown Township student has earned his second karate belt and says the martial art has done more for him than almost an entire lifetime of physical therapy for cerebral palsy, which damages the central nervous system.
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March 8, 1990 | BY LARRY MCMULLEN
Butch Dow has what some people would call an attitude. Here's how his works: "I have a mild case of cerebral palsy," he was telling me last night. We were sitting at the kitchen table in his rowhouse in South Philadelphia. His aluminum crutches were propped against a cabinet. "How long could you stand on your legs without the crutches?" I asked. "About five seconds," he said. Then he told me how long it took from the time he was born until he first walked as a kid. "Thirteen years," he said.
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June 14, 2012 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
To be or not to be. Shakespeare chose simple words for the most complicated of questions, words so powerful that they have resonated for four centuries. When Heather Krause, a teaching artist with Walnut Street Theatre, saw how her students responded to those words, she had an outrageous idea: stage Hamlet with six high school-age actors with mental retardation and cerebral palsy, children so disabled that all are in wheelchairs and some cannot speak without the aid of machines.
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October 1, 1998 | By Shankar Vedantam, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New evidence suggests that cerebral palsy, a disabling disorder in newborns that causes a lifetime of problems, can be triggered by infections and blood clots in the fetus. Researchers found telltale signs of such infections and blood clots by tracking down certain chemicals in the blood of babies who were later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The insight will not immediately lead to treatment, diagnosis or prevention, but provides important clues into the secrets of a maddeningly mysterious disease.
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June 22, 2001 | By Wendy Ginsberg INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
On her first day of kindergarten, Kelly Matula's anxieties were higher than those of most of her classmates. Along with the pressures of meeting new friends and learning to stand with others in a straight line, she had just been fitted with knee-high leg braces. Matula, who has cerebral palsy, already had an awkward gait. The braces made it even more so. Teachers and students watched fearfully as she teetered at the top of the slide before safely making her way down. On the second day of school, she tripped over a curb on her way in from recess and fell.
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February 13, 1987 | By Paddy Noyes, Special to The Inquirer
After Jason's foster mother dresses him in the morning, he swings into action for the day. He sits down on the living room floor, takes off both shoes and one sock and twirls the sock around in the air. Then he pads out to the kitchen to eat anything that's set before him, as his appetite is zesty. Jason, 1 1/2, is in good health and has an average IQ. He has mild cerebral palsy, which is a non-progressive condition, not a disease. It's usually caused by damage to the motor-controlled centers of the brain.
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May 4, 1992 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
His face beaming with pride and anticipation, the 13-year-old boy who was about to become a man intently watched the rabbi and the congregation. Taking his cues from the rabbi, he offered the traditional songs, prayers and blessings from the Torah in English, Hebrew and his native Russian. Eugene can't walk, talk or use his hands because of cerebral palsy. Yesterday, though, with the aid of a special computer synthesizer to help him "speak," he was able to fulfill a dream. He was bar mitzvahed at Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley.
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August 19, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Philadelphia woman accused of abandoning her 21-year-old, quadriplegic son in Cobbs Creek Park with his wheelchair, blanket, and a Bible waived her preliminary hearing Monday on attempted murder and related charges. The decision by Niya Parler, 41, means the case against her proceeds directly to trial in Common Pleas Court. Parler remains in prison on $2.5 million bail. Parler was arrested in Montgomery County, Md., on April 11, one day after a passerby called police on discovering the 21-year-old man - with cerebral palsy and unable to communicate - lying on a pile of leaves in the woods near 59th Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway.
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July 21, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Six years old and adorable, Julissa has an easy-going personality that draws people to her. Happy by nature, she loves to go places where she can enjoy children's rides and be outdoors. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Julissa attends a specialized school and receives occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Although she is primarily nonverbal, she has begun to say a few words and understands what is said to her. She is able to use some sign language to convey her needs. In school, she also can communicate with the help of a picture board.
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June 8, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A WEST PHILLY mother who allegedly abandoned her quadriplegic son in Cobbs Creek Park two months ago, then went to visit her boyfriend in Maryland has been found competent to face a preliminary hearing, but is in need of mental-health treatment, a prosecutor said yesterday. Nyia Parler's mental health was the subject of a brief status listing before Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan. Parler, who remains in custody in a city jail on State Road in Holmesburg on $2.5 million bail, was not in court.
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May 4, 2015
ISSUE | CLINTON Euphoria vote I would like a recent letter writer, or anyone else, to please let me know what Hillary Clinton has done to make her the most qualified presidential contender ("Clinton critics," April 27). As first lady, her health-care program didn't work out. As a senator from New York - where my cat could be elected if running on the Democratic ticket - she didn't pass one piece of significant legislation. And as secretary of state, with the Russian reset, Iran nukes, and more, well, how's that working out?
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April 15, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walking in Cobbs Creek Park on Friday night, Fitzroy Anderson watched as a herd of deer ran down a grassy hill. It would make a nice picture, he thought. So he followed them. By the time he made it down the hill, the deer had darted into the woods. But he lingered there, puzzled by what lay in front of him: an empty wheelchair and a Bible. And underneath it, something wrapped in a blanket. "Wrapped up real nice and decent," he said. Carefully, Anderson nudged the blanket with his foot.
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April 14, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE LITTLE PATCH of woods off 59th Street near Cobbs Creek is a place where people drink beer, have sex in the dirt and dump their trash. Dozens of tall cans of cheap beer, a few condom wrappers and old, wet clothes were scattered there yesterday afternoon, right near a line of police tape that stretched from tree to tree. The blanket that Nyia Parler allegedly used to cover her quadriplegic son before she abandoned him there last week was gone. The Bible she allegedly left on his chest, perhaps hoping a higher power could sort it all out, was gone, too. Parler, 41, of Baltimore Avenue near Alden Street in West Philly, left her son, Daequan Norman, in those woods about a quarter-mile from her home last Monday morning, police said.
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April 13, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was abandoned under a blanket in the woods. A Bible lay on his chest. And he had been in that position for five days. The 21-year-old man, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, was found Friday night in Cobbs Creek Park, when a man walking through the woods stumbled across him and called 911. The disabled man's mother had dumped him there, police said, sometime before 10 a.m. Monday, when she boarded a bus to visit her boyfriend in...
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March 30, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
AFTER HER MOTHER died of lung cancer in 2006, Cathy McVey looked for a way to honor her and continue a legacy of compassion. So, she started Honey's Angels, a nonprofit that provides food and supermarket gift cards to families in need of extra help around the holidays. This week, the organization will provide grocery gift cards to 50 needy families for Easter. "My mom was caring and generous. She loved taking care of people," said McVey, who named the organization for her late mom, Helen "Honey" McVey.
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March 17, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
NORTHFIELD, N.J. - A busload of concerned nature lovers fanned out inside a strip mall in this Atlantic County town on Wednesday, ready to spread the word about New Jersey's "last great wilderness" and to peacefully protest a plan to lay some pipe there. The 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Preserve they were talking about encompasses parts of seven counties, mostly in South Jersey. Environmental groups and at least four former New Jersey governors believe that Gov. Chris Christie and other elected officials are trying to plant a candidate on the Pinelands Commission who will tilt the vote and approve construction of a 22-mile natural-gas pipeline there.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Cerebral palsy has not put Melvin in a wheelchair. It hasn't even kept him off a bike, which he loves to ride. At 20, he is able to walk independently, although he needs guidance and supervision to complete most tasks. In school, he receives special-education services to improve his speech, mobility, and balance, and puts much effort into doing his best. Melvin, who generally speaks in phrases and expresses his needs in the third person, is learning the alphabet. His child-like manner and sweet nature have endeared him to school staff, neighbors, and his foster family.
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