Christmas came early for a 6-year-old boy with special needs. Noah Becks has cerebral palsy, and through the generosity of some local nonprofits he was given his first bicycle on Thursday.
Two-year-old Lila has cerebral palsy and finds working with horses helps improve her mobility. Allie is a teenager who heard Lila’s story, and raised close to $3,000 to help pay for her horse therapy session. With Allie’s help, WCCO’s Aristea Brady was able to surprise Lila and her mom with the Christmas of their dreams. Watch the video above to see this heartwarming story of hope.
This morning, the WCCO Morning Show is honoring another excellent educator in the metro who has gone above and beyond. School can be tough for any child, especially those with disabilities. But a local elementary school teacher who lives with a disability is doing her part to change that.
Cerebral palsy is one of the most common disorders limiting movement in children, affecting almost 2.5 of every 1,000 infants born alive. Many families come Minnesota to seek groundbreaking treatment at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, and an Oakdale sixth grader has shown so much progress in her treatment that she’s now in the national spotlight.
A couple months ago, Matt Brickman and WCCO photographer Carly Danek were asked to work on a project for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The family of a girl named Tana wished for a video of Tana’s friends and classmates talking about what they’ve learned from having her in class.
Everyone had a favorite food, ride or attraction at the Minnesota State Fair. But one Twin Cities’ teen can never get enough of the River Raft Ride. Jarek Belle-Isle has cerebral palsy, which affects his muscle coordination. The condition prevents him from going on most of the rides in the midway, but the River Raft Ride has allowed him to take part in the fair fun. “It’s so much fun and I enjoy it so much,” Jarek said.
The help of a stranger is bringing a 2-year-old girl with cerebral palsy closer to one day walking. That stranger is 17-year-old named Allie Kanyetzny, a high school girl with a very big heart.
Even though five-year-old Brecken Dahlberg can’t speak, it takes about two seconds to figure out that he has as much enthusiasm and zest for life as any other kids his age.
Nick Anderson grew up wanting to be a basketball player. Friday night, he was just that. The senior at Richfield’s Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) loves the game. But the real story is what he had to overcome to get on the court.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are preparing to say goodbye to one of their biggest fans, and biggest inspirations.
Thousands of runners can say they finished the annual Twin Cities race, but only a handful can claim they beat the odds doing it. Matthew Taylor, 15, is one of those runners.
Have you seen the Dad who runs Triathalons for a great cause? Check out the SMACK DOWN!
Matty has cerebral palsy but that doesn’t stop him from finishing the race.
Doctors at a Twin Cities hospital just made a South American boy’s life a whole lot better after one surgery corrected 10 different bones.
Yesterday we told you about 7-year-old Moira Stomberg from Minneapolis. Someone stole her wheelchair from her family’s north Minneapolis driveway over the weekend. Now she’ll be getting a brand new wheelchair because of a WCCO-TV viewer.