“James is very ambitious and doesn’t let his disability define him”
James has had to learn to conquer many difficulties in his lifetime, but he does not let them define him. James was born with cerebral palsy which is caused by brain damage that creates limits and difficulties with motor skills, muscles, and movement. He also has hearing loss, scoliosis and has had to have 4 major surgeries; the most recent one for pectus excavation where surgeons had to remove a bone that was pressing against his heart.
Throughout all of these challenges, he never quits no matter the difficulty he may face. “James is very ambitious and doesn’t let his cerebral palsy define him. He has long term goals which I have no doubt he will accomplish,” said his parent consultant at Children’s Rehabilitation Services in Mobile, Alabama. She also said James is wise for his age, compassionate, dependable, determined, and a natural leader.
“He recognizes the importance of advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves, and he is not afraid to speak up when he notices something is wrong, “stated his mother who is proud of James’ true heroism. He has also had to face bullies by speaking up and not allowing them to take advantage of him because of his kind spirit.
James has achieved many things in his young life including Student of the Month, Good Citizen Award, Youth Leadership Forum participation, president of his dorm at Alabama School for the Deaf where he resides, and vice president of his class.
As he prepares to graduate high school and attend college, he has great plans to become a counselor, a goal we feel he will successfully accomplish as he uses the experiences that he has been through to inspire others.
It is with great pride that we honor James’ endurance by recognizing him as Kids Wish Network’s along with the Alabama Children’s Rehabilitations Services’ Hero of the Month. Congratulations, James!