On World CP Day, the Firefly Garden is highlighting five of our favourite people with Cerebral Palsy.
1. Maysoon Zayid - An American actress, comedian and activist of Palestinian descent. Maysoon Zayid runs an art programme for disabled and orphaned children in refugee camps in Palestinian territories. She helps children use art to deal with trauma and bridge the gap between disabled and non-disabled children. She raises money to fund the programme from her comedy work. Check out Maysoon Zayid doing a Ted Talk ‘I got 99 problems, palsy is just one.’
2. Noah Warden - From Noah’s Miracle. Noah has helped out with all of the Firefly product trials. His mum Stacy runs the amazing ‘A Very Special Needs Resource’ Facebook Pages. Noah often features on their motivational postcards and always brightens our day!
3. Nicolas Hamilton - You may be familiar with his more famous brother, Formula One’s current World Champion Lewis Hamilton. But, brother Nicolas is a sportsperson in his own right competing in the British Touring Car Championship in a specially modified car due to his cerebral palsy. Nicholas hopes to ‘inspire, and show others how obstacles can be overcome when chasing your dreams.’ You can follow his racing career on his website. #driventoinspire
4. Rick Hoyt - Of Team Hoyt fame inspires us every day. Rick who has cerebral palsy competes gruelling challenges with his father Dick. During competition Dick pulls Rick in a special boat as they swim, carries him in a special seat in the front of a bicycle, and pushes him in a special wheelchair as they run. Rick graduated from Boston University in 1993 with a degree in special education and later worked at Boston College in a computer lab helping to develop systems to aid in communication and other tasks for people with disabilities. Team Hoyt has inspired many more parent/child and sibling partnerships. To find out about Team Hoyt Running wheelchairs visit the website.
5. Sophie Margaret Christiansen - Sophie is a British equestrian and has competed in 3 successive Paralympics, winning an amazing 3 gold medals in the 2012 London Paralympics. Sophie was born 2 months prematurely with cerebral palsy and began horse-riding as a form of therapy aged 6 at her local Riding for the Disabled group. If that wasn’t enough she also has a MSci degree (undergraduate honours) in mathematics from the University of London’s Royal Holloway College. You can follow Sophie on Facebook. Do you have someone in your life with Cerebral Palsy who inspires you - we’d love to hear about them. Comment below or email us [email protected]
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