Sports Illustrated Kids Brings Awareness To CP.

4 Feb

A few days ago, I watched the inspirational story of brothers Connor and Cayden Long, the winners of the Sports Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year award. However, I have found myself watching it more than once over the last few days simply because it’s that amazing, but be sure to have your Kleenex ready!

The story of Connor and Cayden not only brings awareness to Cerebral Palsy, but it also emphasizes that those with disabilities deserve to be treated like everyone else. Connor, brother to Cayden who has CP, has done something incredible. Through his decision to include his brother in triathlons, he is reshaped the course of his brother’s life, whether he knows it or not. He’s making a point to say that even though his brother has CP, he shouldn’t be viewed as any less than anyone else. Through Connor’s desire to connect with his brother, he is giving Cayden a voice that may not have been heard otherwise. He is helping others become more aware of CP and other disabilities, which is definitely needed in today’s society. Hopefully the more aware people become regarding CP and other disabilities, the less fear there will be toward those who are “different.”

The fact that Connor, who is only 9 years old, was able to make so many important points concerning the acceptance of those with disabilities is incredible. Sadly, there probably aren’t even that many adults that would have the courage or understanding to make such claims. Though I know that some of that fear stems from a lack of education and awareness about those with disabilities, it’s why we need more people like Connor who have a background with people with disabilities (whether it’s a family member or friend) and who are not afraid to get up and say what needs to be said. Though there is still a long way to go regarding society’s acceptance of those with disabilities, allowing the public to become more aware through stories such as this is how it begins.

The story of Connor and Cayden is yet another emphasis on why I have chosen to share my own story of CP. Though it may take quite a while for me to actually get my complete story on paper, I know there are people with disabilities who have some of the same pain, fears, hopes, and dreams as I do, but are unable to express how they are feeling or just want to know they are not alone. That’s why I’ve kept on writing. These stories need to be brought to light, both for those who have lived through the experiences as well as for those who are striving to understand just what someone they know with a disability is feeling.

6 Responses to “Sports Illustrated Kids Brings Awareness To CP.”

  1. LA Edwards February 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Thanks for the Kleenex warning. I am still a blubbering mess. That makes two days in a row. Great commentary Amelia! I have such admiration for you and for what you are doing for all of those with not only CP but other disabilities. Thanks for sharing with the world what it is like to walk in your shoes each and everyday. I hope people will take the time to watch this video. It is very eye opening, especially to those who are clueless. It is extremely important to get the message out to the masses as so many are indeed clueless, ignorant, and/or blind to not only those who face the challenges you and others with similar disabilities deal with on a daily basis, but those who provide and care for these children and adults. You have touched on an important issue and problem in not only in our country but world-wide. That said, I would estimate the US has the highest rate of CP in the world, growing each year. Thus, people who are unaware need a wake up call. Thanks for pouring your heart out to those who don’t know or understand, being such a brave advocate for those who can’t spread the words their selves due to the severity of their disability. My daughter being one of those. I so wish she were in a position to help you in your fight. I am so proud of you. And thank you!

    • ameliaclaire92 February 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed it. As always, thanks for the support. 🙂

  2. photosfromtheloonybin February 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    What a beautiful family – all of them! That video warmed my heart :). Why can’t more people be like Connor?

    • ameliaclaire92 February 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      I have asked myself that same question for the past few days. The world needs more Connors, for sure! 🙂

  3. gacochran February 5, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    Thanks for sharing – puts things in perspective…


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