March 29, 2016 |
Jayden has a vivid imagination and delights in pretending to do many things, such as cooking, cleaning, painting, and playing basketball. The 6-year-old is passionate about basketball and pretends to shoot a basketball into a hoop and make the shot. He is thrilled when someone plays "pretend" with him. Jayden's caretakers describe him as joyful, playful, happy, friendly, and loving. He gets along well with everyone he comes in contact with. At his previous school, he was known as the Mayor.
February 10, 2016 |
The moment that St. John Chrysostom Church in Wallingford was accepting a national award for its efforts to welcome people with disabilities was the moment that Helen Howlett was coping with a familiar struggle. The paralegal was in the church lobby, tending to her nephew E.J., who has autism. The 6-year-old scooted from door to door, yelled out his name, and tried to escape the grasp of his harried aunt. "Even in an accessible church, it's not easy," said Howlett, of South Philadelphia, E.J.'s guardian.
January 28, 2016 |
Longtime Philadelphia prosecutor Ed McCann will become the second-in-command at the Montgomery County District Attorney's office as it prepares for two of the biggest trials in county history. District Attorney Kevin Steele announced McCann's hiring as his first assistant Tuesday. "Ed brings tremendous experience to our prosecutorial team as well as strong leadership and managerial skills that will benefit the citizens of Montgomery County," Steele said in statement. McCann, 52,resigned in November from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, where he spent 26 years and rose to the position of first assistant.
November 25, 2015 |
After 26 years in the city prosecutor's office, First Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann resigned Monday, officials said. George D. Mosee Jr., the head of the office's juvenile division, will replace him, District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement. McCann declined to say why he was leaving - although his name has been floated in courthouse circles as a possible addition to Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's administration. "I'm really proud of my 26 years of service," McCann said.
November 13, 2015 |
IT WAS probably the hardest practice the Flyers had since training camp, and there weren't many smiles when players started filtering off the ice. Then Jake Voracek, who has yet to score this season, saw Liam Idzi and couldn't help but smile. Liam, 8, came from Madison, Wis., with his family and nurse, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Liam is in a wheelchair because he's been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a difficult-to-treat form of epilepsy.
October 16, 2015 |
The family of a 10-year-old boy who has cerebral palsy was amazed when Pope Francis started his trip to Philadelphia last month by blessing the child. Then the blessings continued to pour in. They came in donations of $10 and $25 and $500 and $1,000. And a $50,000 donation came from J.J. Abrams, the director of the coming Star Wars movie, and his wife. More than 940 donations totaling more than $115,000 have come in to help the family through the online fund-raiser "Michael Keating: Blessed By Pope Francis" on Crowdrise.
October 7, 2015 |
Julie and Derek saw Addie for the first time in a 15-second video clip: a stunned-looking toddler in a McDonald's T-shirt, with a paper sign bearing her name in Chinese characters. She had a club foot and was missing five fingers. Derek pictured his grandmother, whose dominant hand had fingers ending at the first knuckle, deftly chopping vegetables. Julie, an occupational therapist, was already planning the exercises that would help Addie learn to walk. But neither wavered: This child, living in a foster home 8,000 miles away, was their daughter.
October 5, 2015
* THE LEFTOVERS. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. In Season 2, creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta take us far beyond Perrotta's original novel, to a place called Miracle, a Texas town that was somehow immune from the vanishing of 2 percent of the world's population. Emmy winner Regina King (pictured right, with Carrie Coon) joins the cast. * HOMELAND. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. Picking up nearly two years after the attack on the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Season 5 places now-former CIA operative Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes)
September 28, 2015 |
Delaware moms Nancy Lemus and Luz Moyao drove to the papal Mass in Philadelphia early Saturday, hoping for a blessing with perhaps miraculous effects. Lemus' son Christopher Garcia, 10, has severe cerebral palsy and dystonia, a neurological muscle movement disorder. Moyao's son Angel Zavaleta, 8, has TARP Syndrome, a rare condition that causes several birth defects. Lemus and Moyao sat in the front row of the chapel at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul waiting for Pope Francis, who was to walk past them.
September 28, 2015 |
Michael Keating, 10, has had more than his share to bear. Born premature, the Berks County boy has cerebral palsy. He can't use his arms or legs. He suffers from seizures, and his brain cannot process what he sees or hears. He has intellectual disabilities. Last year, he had spinal fusion surgery, and in August, doctors replaced his hips. More surgeries are likely. Yet for all that, Michael's family says he knows joy. He loves music, he loves Shiloh, his black Lab. And he especially loves kisses, lots of kisses.