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Geeta Castelino – Realizing Her Dreams Despite Her Disability

When Geeta Castelino was two years old, she was diagnosed with polio, a disease that took away her speech and caused her to lose the use of her feet and her right hand. But Geeta had dreams of a happy life, and she wasn’t going to let her polio get in the way of them. Through therapy, she regained…

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Jennifer Bricker – Gymnast Born Without Legs Shows That 'Everything is Possible'

The story of Jennifer Bricker is one of the most amazing ones we have have ever featured on IMK! It is full of both great life lessons and great surprises. It is a story everyone should know. Jennifer was born in Romania without any legs. She was later adopted by a loving American family, the Bricker’s, and…

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12 Year Old Ross Salvo – How to Live an Awesome ‘Rossome’ Life!

Ross Salvo, a 12-year-old boy from Newtown, CT, was a very special human being!  He was special in the way he lived, in the way he served, in the way he cared about others and in the way he overcame challenges. In short, Ross was simply awesome ROSSome! ROSS’s EARLY DAYS Ross was a twin and…

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Adam Zibluk, Life Scout with Hemophilia, Conquers Boy Scouting's Ultimate Challenge!

Adam Zibluk is a 15-year-old Life Scout in Troop 70 in Newtown, CT. He was also recently the Troop’s Senior Patrol Leader which is the highest ranking boy in the troop! And last summer, he, along with 15 other boys from the Troop completed scouting’s ultimate adventure, backpacking over 50 miles in 7 days in the…

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Abbey Curran: Not Only Miss Iowa, But ‘Miss You Can Do It’

Abbey Curran was born with Cerebral Palsy, a condition that causes issues with muscle tone, posture and movement.  When she was a child, she was told that she would never walk without holding onto something. Then, in her teens, long after she had conquered walking, she wanted to try out something much more aggressive: competing in…

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Abbey Curran: Not Only Miss Iowa, But 'Miss You Can Do It'

Abbey Curran was born with Cerebral Palsy, a condition that causes issues with muscle tone, posture and movement.  When she was a child, she was told that she would never walk without holding onto something. Then, in her teens, long after she had conquered walking, she wanted to try out something much more aggressive: competing in…

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IMK in Action – How Kids Can Stand Up To Bullying

What’s The Big Deal? In school or at the park, you may have seen or experienced bullying. Bullying is hurting someone either by words or actions. Some feel that bullying is a part of normal growing up. It isn’t! There will always be problems between kids. But bullying is done on purpose and is not right….

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No arms, No problem – Meet Richie Parker, NASCAR champion

Richie Parker has never listened to people telling him what he could not do. Born without arms, he and his parents did not let this stop him from having a normal childhood. This attitude served him well as he became an adult.  His amazing perseverance and focus has enabled him to not only live independently,…

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Zach Hodskins: One Armed Star Hoopster and Amazing Role Model

Zach Hodskins was born with one arm, but from a very young age he has focused on his ability rather than his disability. He took a love of basketball, a positive attitude, faith and great determination to build his skills to be become one of the top High School players in Georgia. “I just love…

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Chelsea Werner – Young Gymnast Soars Above Down Syndrome

Chelsea Werner was born with Down Syndrome, a condition that can cause certain medical issues including low muscle tone. Shortly after she was born, Chelsea’s parents decided to get her into gymnastics to help build her muscles.  After a long search, they found a great coach who was willing to teach her. When she started off, Chelsea…

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