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Marijuana stops child's severe seizures

By Saundra Young, CNN updated 4:51 PM EDT, Wed August 7, 2013 Is marijuana bad, or could it be good for some? CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta spent a year traveling around the world to shed light on the debate. Catch his groundbreaking documentary "WEED" at 8 p.m. ET August 11 on CNN. (CNN) -- By most standards Matt and Paige Figi were living the American dream. They met at Colorado State University, where they shared a love of the outdoors. After getting married, the couple bought a house and planned to travel the world. They did travel, but their plans changed when their first child was born in 2004. Max was 2 when they decided to have another child. The couple got the surprise of their lives when an ultrasound revealed not one but two babies. Charlotte and Chase were born October 18, 2006. "They were born at 40 weeks. ... Charlotte...

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Special Needs, Special Shirts: Kickstarter Aims To Create Luxury Fashion For All

A new Kickstarter raising funds to create luxury shirts designed with special needs people in mind (but appropriate for all wearers) was born of a lack of options for integrated clothing items in that realm — but unlike mass-market garments of the same function, Mianzi’s shirts are appropriate for all wearers. Richard Nachum Kligman’s Kickstarter to get Mianzi Fashion off the ground has hit a third of its goal in four days, and it’s not difficult to see why. Many popular Kickstarters back projects that are just fun or just popular, and it’s kind of cool to see one that innovates to create a product that makes life easier for people with special needs. On the page (using a site where folks with great ideas can hook up with small bits of funding), Kligman explains how the concept of Mianzi Fashion was born — and why the shirts appeal not just to special needs clientele, but everyone. Kligman explains that his son Moishy requires a bib due to cerebral palsy, and searching high and low led him to realize no products exist to address the need for a shirt and a bib concurrent...

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Waiter Michael Garcia Refuses to Serve Man Who Insulted Boy with Down Syndrome

By Dahvi Shira   01/26/2013 at 10:45 AM EST; People magazine Waiter Michael Garcia made his regular customer Kim Castillo feel like family last week at the Houston restaurant Laurenzo's Prime Rib. Castillo was eating there with her husband and their 5-year-old son Milo when several waiters came by their table to chat. Milo, who has Down syndrome, has slightly delayed speech. He showed off some new words, while talking about his recent birthday. The chatter apparently displeased a nearby customer, who, according to NBC affiliate KPRC-TV, said, "Special needs children need to be special somewhere else." Once Garcia heard the man's comment, "My personal feelings took over, and I told him, 'I...

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NFL player's sack celebration serves special purpose

Written by: Tania Ganguli What appeared to be a departure from his usual sack celebration meant a lot more to Texans defensive end J.J. Watt on Sunday. It was a nod to the Berry children, with whom Watt has grown close. “I was eating dinner at their house on Friday night,” Watt said. “They said they’re going to be watching the game. They said give us a signal. I said OK, when I get a sack, I’ll do the wheelchair.” Willa, Aaron and Peter Berry were orphaned July 2, 2011, when a head-on collision on U.S. 285 killed their parents. The accident severely injured Willa, who was then 6, and paralyzed Aaron, then 8, and Peter, then 9, from the waist down. The children’s story caught the attention of people and organizations locally and nationally. They got visits from athletes and donations from teams and other celebrities. Watt befriended the children beyond the occasional fundraiser. He played wheelchair basketball with them last week, which gave him...

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AZ student with special needs avoids bullies with protection of football team

by Marie Saavedra, azfamily.com QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. -- This story starts with high school hierarchy. The kind where kids like seniors Carson Jones and Tucker Workman sail through their classes and lead the undefeated football team. “It's senior year, you know, it’s pretty exciting," Workman said. "It’s a rush, it goes by so fast but it’s fun." At the same time, students like Chy Johnson just try to make it through the day. “The girl threw trash at me," Chy said, describing one of the girls who bullies her. The 16-year-old sophomore was born with a brain disorder, and kids picking on her because of her differences have always been a part of life. But this year, her mom had enough of her coming home crying every day. She decided to call on a family friend for help. It was Carson Jones, starting quarterback....

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Church Members Help Child Get Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

The Burkhart family lives in Phoenix, but their child needed treatment in California. Orange County's Rock Harbor Church made it possible. By Mary Harris, NBCLA View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.   Members of the Rock Harbor Church in Mission Viejo weren’t watching when Andrew Burkhart, five years old and wearing a brace on his left leg, scampered out of an Orange County medical clinic and into the parking lot, looking for lizards and snails. But they were there in spirit. Andrew had been stuck for an hour in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber getting treatment for cerebral palsy, and now – everyone agreed – he really needed to move around. Combing the asphalt, he announced in triumph that he had found Speedy, “a very fast li...

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Actor Tyler Perry’s Incredible Act of Kindness

(TheBlaze/AP) — Filmmaker Tyler Perry is donating a new vehicle to a Georgia woman with cerebral palsy after her specially-equipped van was stolen outside her home in Atlanta. Perry told Atlanta station WSB-TV that he decided to give Alicia Day the brand new van after watching a news report about the theft this week. Inspired by her story and dismayed that the family could not afford to replace the $60,000 vehicle, Perry reportedly called the news channel just minutes after the program ended to ask what he could do to help. READ MORE......

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Local Iowa Family Raises Awareness For Angelman Syndrome

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Little Ellie & The Olympian: The Kindest Race Ever

by The Huffington Post, Original Story, Aug 10, 2012. Reposted from Daily Good: News That Inspires. He's a world record holding sprinter from South Africa. She's a spunky 5-year-old from Essex, England. In an inspiring series of images that have recently gone viral, the two strangers, united only by a stubborn refusal to let double amputations stop them, race each other in a friendly bionic foot race. Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorious, 25, was just 11 months old when doctors discovered he had no fibulas, requiring below-the-knee amputations of both his legs....

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