Friday, March 27, 2015

CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS MONTH: FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH CP

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is coming to an end. 

I want to thank all of those who wore Green on March 25th, Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. I received a few emails stating that their coworkers wore Green that day after reading my Facebook Challenge. Ya'll are AWESOME!!!!!

Today, I am going to tell you about some people with Cerebral Palsy. I am absolutely sure there are many more . If anyone comes to mind, please do share.

Josh Blue is my favorite comedian with Cerebral Palsy. His act centers around his disability. Most of us with CP can so relate to him and laugh about it.

Abbey Nicole Curran  was the first MISS USA PAGEANT contestant with a disability, representing IOWA. You go girl!

Bonner Paddock who wasn't diagnosed until he was 11 years-old played sports, In 2008, he was the first person with CP to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. He is the founder and chairman of the OM Foundation that raises money to build early learning centers providing various types of therapy to children with disabilities.

Dan Keplinger is an artist known as King Gimp. His art is awesome.

Geri Jewel is a comedian, actress author and motivational speaker. You may have seen her on Facts of Life where she became the first person with CP to be on a prime time TV show. 

Christy Brown is the author of  his autobiography of My Left Foot that was turned into a movie. He has a severe form of CP. He was nearly paralyzed and couldn't speak until he moved his left foot. His mother than taught him to speak, read and write. His story is truly inspirational.

RJ Mitte: An actor on Breaking Bad. He serves a spokesman of actors with disabilities for the Screen Actors Guild. He is also an Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy. 

Jerry Taylor is the only person to jog across America with crutches. He is a motivational speaker and participated in running over 30 marathons and climbed the top of over 14,110 foot Pike's Peak.

See folks, there are so many others with CP who have conquered so many challenges. They have extraordinary lives. This is a list of only a few but the ones who make me smile when I hear their names.  


7 comments:

  1. Wow! Thank you for sharing this today, There for the grace of God , go I. We never know. Praying for a cure!

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    1. Thank you for reading Path. There is no cure. Prevention is the key. When you do get it, there are treatments and procedures to make life simpler. Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. Lisa, thanks for share this incredible list. Adversity can be overcome with positive attitudes and from reading your list these amazing people have exactly that.

    I did not know March 25th was CP Awareness Day. I think when things do not hit very close to home they are slightly off the radar, I will be more mindful now, and will be ready to don the Green next time.

    Have a wonderful Friday, followed by a relaxing and happy weekend.
    With smiles and hugs, Jenny xxoo

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    1. It's okay Jenny. MyHubby even forgot that day even though I told him the day before LOL! But he made it for it and wore his shirt the other day.

      I wanted to show that although one has CP, we can do extraordinary things and overcome our challenges.

      You have an awesome weekend. XOXO

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  3. The badge looks great! Glad you figured how to get it on the site.

    I missed National CP Awareness Day, but then again I tend to miss a lot of things since I don't keep up closely with what's going on. Great that they are bringing the issue out in the public eye.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks Arlee. It took some thinking on my part but I figured it out. YAY ME :)

      It's okay! As I told Pearson Report, even my Hubby missed it. I understand. Honestly, I almost missed that it was CP Month at the beginning LOL. All is good.

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  4. Good list. Comedian/actor John Ritter's brother Tom has CP and he's an attorney. Also, Ashton Kutcher's twin brother Michael has CP. Dr. Jan (can't think of her last name right now) a neurologist in St. Louis that works with children who have CP also has CP herself.

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