Wrestling Ref With Cerebral Palsy Gives Back To Sport He LovesOn a cold January afternoon, a 9th grade wrestling match took place between Edina and Plymouth. Young wrestlers with little experience took center stage, and right in the middle of the action was Joe Steffenhagen.
Boy With Cerebral Palsy Donates His Presents To African KidsOne Twin Cities boy is about to do something most kids wouldn't dream of – he's giving away his Christmas gifts. Ten-year-old Cody Roemen has been raising money to bring toys and books to children in Tanzania. Instead of asking for Christmas presents, he asked his family to donate to his cause.
'Breaking Bad' Star RJ Mitte Attends Walk For Love In Loring ParkA special even held Saturday morning helped benefit Shriners Hospital for Children here in the Twin Cities. It was the Walk for Love and Family Festival at Loring Park. Teams and individuals raised money leading up to Saturday morning’s event to benefit the patients of Shriners hospitals.
Sister Pushes Brother With CP In Local Half MarathonNearly 3,000 runners from around the state started Independence Day with the "Red White & Boom!” Twin Cities Half Marathon and Relay in Minneapolis. Only two runners got to do it as a team.
Excellent Educator: Early Intervention Educator Stephenie LabandzThis morning, the WCCO Morning Show is honoring another excellent educator who has gone above and beyond to make a different in students' lives. You don't always have to look in a classroom for an excellent educator. Sometimes they make home visits. That's where Edward Moody found this week's honoree.
Senior With Cerebral Palsy Attends Prom With Close Friend, CrushA boy who can't speak became the center of attention at his St. Cloud high school for all the right reasons. It's a story about how some of life's best moments aren’t necessarily perfect. Jordan Knapek's world is an elaborate one. A nurse and a care assistant escort him through life.
Minn. Mom Welcomes Medical Pot Deal, Will Fight For More Access It's the news for which thousands of Minnesota families have waited. State lawmakers reached a deal Thursday that will make medical marijuana legal. Angela Garin watches her son have seizures daily. Now, the St. Paul mom hopes medical marijuana will help him and thousands of others.
Minn. Boy With Cerebral Palsy Gets ‘Life-Changing’ Bike For Christmas 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.
Season Of Hope: A Surprise For Lila 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.
Excellent Educator: St. Michael Elementary's Jenny HillThis 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 Can't Keep Girl From Nat'l SpotlightCerebral 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 Family's Make-A-Wish? For Everyone To Meet TanaA 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.