January 20, 2015 |
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.
January 8, 2015 |
They met in a Bible study class. He proposed at a Barnes & Noble bookstore, kneeling in the aisle with a ring concealed behind a magazine. They married, had a girl, then a boy, and figured their family was complete. That's when the storybook ended and the real story began. Gavin was born at 30 weeks - a morsel of a baby, weighing just over 3 pounds. His body temperature fluctuated; he wasn't gaining weight; he was prone to infection. At first, Karen and Adam thought his struggles were due to prematurity.
December 5, 2014 |
David Schilling is no bandwagon Pennsbury football fan. The 16-year-old, who was born with cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair, has been a regular at Falcons games for the last nine years. "It makes me feel like I'm part of the team," said Schilling, a junior at Pennsbury. "And people always like to see me at the games. " Schilling, with a Mohawk haircut that was dyed bright orange in the middle, cheered from the sideline Saturday at Souderton as the Falcons defeated Coatesville, 21-14, for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA championship.
October 17, 2014 |
Dozens of Philadelphia police officers took to Twitter on Wednesday to show off a colorful addition to their uniforms - a pair of bright red-and-white-striped socks. The Twitter photos, or "sockies," as they were termed online, were part of a fund-raising campaign for the Ronald McDonald House, whose eponymous mascot is known for his striped socks. The charity, which provides housing for families with children in hospitals, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of its first house in Philadelphia on Wednesday and hoped to raise $40,000 for the occasion.
October 13, 2014
I CAN'T HEAR enough about actress Sarah Jessica Parker 's recent visit to Philly to prep for an upcoming TV newsroom drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper series by Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman . Whenever the subject comes up, I'm all over any little morsel about the "Sex and the City" star - like this one from Ruderman's Facebook page: While being given a tour, Parker asked Ruderman and Laker where the best place...
July 22, 2014 |
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Cami needs leg braces and, except when she is home, uses forearm crutches. But that hasn't stopped this bubbly, polite 17-year-old with the curly red hair and the beautiful smile. She loves going to karate class and church, shopping, swimming, and watching TV. She is also looking forward to starting 12th grade in the fall. She enjoys school, where she receives special-education services, and especially likes her life-skills classes. If Cami had three wishes, they would be a computer, a new TV/DVR, and a vacation trip, preferably to Disney World.
July 22, 2014 |
Documentary filmmaker Henry Nevison was behind the camera, but he was no longer just an observer. As he recorded the uneasy first meeting between two groups of students, the Doylestown resident experienced the same anxiety evident among them. "I felt awkward, uncomfortable," Nevison said. "I thought, 'How are they going to communicate, much less form a relationship?' " Nevison was filming the beginning of a theatrical collaboration between students from Germantown Friends School and their fellow performers from the HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy in Southwest Philadelphia.
June 29, 2014 |
With less than two years remaining in his final term, an emotional Mayor Nutter bid farewell Friday to three members of his inner circle. Addressing a standing-room crowd in the ornate Mayor's Reception Room, Nutter welled up several times, saying he was announcing the departures with "great pride, deep sadness, and tremendous confidence. " "These individuals are truly like family," he said. "We spend a lot of time together, and we've all been through a lot. " All three have been with Nutter since the early days of his first term in 2008.
June 26, 2014 |
LIKE ANY PROUD parent, Michele Davis was excited about her daughter's big day - seeing 17-year-old Yadeerah Chisom walk across the stage at West Philadelphia High School to receive her diploma. But that excitement quickly turned to disappointment when she realized Yadeerah's name was omitted from the graduation program and she didn't get a tassel for her cap. When Davis approached school officials before the ceremony, they told her there was nothing they could do about it, she said.
May 30, 2014 |
AN INSTRUMENTAL string arrangement of Coldplay's "Clocks" played through the room and Rachel Federman-Morales began directing the troupe of 10 dancers, as she has every Tuesday evening since early October. Aligned across from one another, the dancers' eyes locked. They had just completed a long school day and now they had one more rehearsal before the big performance, scheduled for this morning in Drexel University's Mandell Theater at MacAlister Hall. Like any dance troupe, this one is composed of unique individuals with a common goal.