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.
September 27, 2015 |
Standing before Independence Hall, Pope Francis praised America's tradition of religious tolerance and called on members of all faiths to be a voice for those who are "unable to be heard. " "I take this opportunity to thank all those, of whatever religion, who have sought to serve the God of peace by building cities of brotherly love, by caring for our neighbors in need, by defending the dignity of God's gift of life in all its stages, by defending the cause of the poor and the immigrant," the pope said.
August 19, 2015 |
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.
July 21, 2015 |
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.
June 8, 2015 |
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.