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By Michael Miller | April 29, 2010
Donna Brandt has witnessed some remarkable transformations in her 10 years at the Therapeutic Riding Center. The Huntington Beach resident has seen children with curved spines and cerebral palsy learn to widen their legs by riding on horseback. She has heard an autistic girl, who had never spoken in her presence before, say goodbye to a horse before leaving the grounds. Saturday afternoon, Brandt is aiming for a breakthrough of a different kind. The center, housed at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, plans to hold its second annual Derby Day fundraiser, and organizers have their sights on raising $10,000 for scholarships, veterinary care and other expenses.
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By B.W. COOK | March 27, 2009
A major serving of inspiration accompanied a luncheon last week at Big Canyon Country Club. The Fashionable Women of Chapman University held a “Film Makers Luncheon,” welcoming some 100 guests in support of Chapman University and in particular the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. This was, however, not just another ladies luncheon on the social circuit. Amid the well-dressed women were four young men who had been invited as the special guests to come and share their story of a life-changing adventure.
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October 28, 2000
Alex Coolman EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the last in a four-part series focusing on the struggles and triumphs of the disabled, their families and those who live and work with them. He woke up unable move his arms or his legs. Just the day before, he had been bodysurfing in the crashing waves of The Wedge when something went wrong. Now, he was facing the reality of being quadriplegic. And, as Hoag Hospital physical therapist Bill Healey recalls the scene, the young man reacted with anger and impatience, yelling at the hospital orderlies who were trying to make him comfortable.
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July 1, 2003
Steve Virgen Just like any other runner, Christy Crandall becomes nervous before a race. But she's not just any other athlete. Take a closer look. You'll find a smile that will make your biggest worry become tiny, your largest complaint in life will wither. That smile is as real and true as the challenges she has overcome throughout her life. Crandall, a Newport Beach resident, deals with obstacles on a daily basis. She has cerebral palsy. When she is among the other athletes before a 5,000-meter race, she says she pretends she can run as fast as everyone else.
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October 19, 2002
Their slogan is "Inspire greatness." The Orange County chapter of the Special Olympics of Southern California held a mid-week cocktail reception at the Marriott's Newport Coast Villas. The host committee comprised some of the most caring and philanthropic folks in the community. This was not an evening about fashion or social position, this was a cocktail party for people who care about other people. Other-abled people who want to participate in the full range of life's blessings and opportunities.
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February 14, 2002
"Storytelling" is the much anticipated follow-up to writer/director Todd Solondz's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and "Happiness." As with his previous endeavors, Solondz mines the depths of human depravity and provides biting social commentaries that are, unfortunately, missing from today's paint-by-numbers films. As the title suggests, "Storytelling" is a narrative film in which the main theme is narrative itself: a movie about how people turn life experience into stories and how those stories can betray or exploit the reality they depict.
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By Tom Thorkelson | February 5, 2011
I met an amazing human being during a visit to Seattle a few years ago. His name was Bill Porter. Bill and I were born in the same month but under entirely different circumstances. He was afflicted with cerebral palsy. His mother told him he could accomplish anything if he set his mind to it, and encouraged him to achieve his goals. It was her faith in Bill that gave him faith in his potential. Despite being told by counselors that he was unemployable and should stay at home and collect disability checks for the rest of his life — and after company after company (including Fuller Brush)
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February 13, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Paige Larsh could hardly see a thing. Tunnel vision so restricted the 8-year-old that she could only see two small pinholes of light directly in front of her as she negotiated her way through Lincoln Elementary School's multipurpose room. She felt her way with a white cane as she cautiously avoided chairs and boxes littering the floor, classmate Hannah Padilla verbally directing her around the obstacles. After the exercise, Paige took the special goggles off, and her vision returned to normal.
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June 11, 2003
Susan Shaw received divine inspiration in a likely place. Well, outside of a likely place. Two years ago, after attending church, the Newport Coast resident walked outside and realized her life mission as a volunteer. What she saw was a simple wheelchair that was designed for the 100-million disabled poor around the world. "It was one of those experiences [that] people always talk about, where I found out what I'm supposed to do to give back for being blessed," Shaw said.
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October 21, 2000
Alex Coolman EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the third in a four-part series focusing on the struggles and triumphs of the disabled, their families and those who live and work with them. COSTA MESA -- It's a day for small things in Pat Balen's class at College Park Elementary School. Balen's group of third-graders has heard a story about a "teeny-tiny" woman, a story that's supposed to help their reading skills and improve their understanding the concept of opposites, like small and large.
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By Steve Virgen | February 26, 2014
As Rick Reilly talked about his dreams to be a pro golfer or someone like Derek Jeter, it was difficult to ignore the sign near where he stood at the Newport Beach Library Saturday afternoon. The sign read, "The Witte Lectures: A forum for ideas with distinguished speakers. " Distinguished? It probably wouldn't be appropriate to describe any sportswriter as distinguished, even Reilly. He was more of a comedian during his, "lecture," when he cracked jokes about Kobe Bryant - "Does Kobe hang around at this library?
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By B.W. Cook | April 6, 2011
Julia Argyros last week took the microphone in the grand ballroom of the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. "My first job following graduation from college was working as a speech therapist helping children with disabilities," she told the crowd, as she stood on stage next to her husband, George Argyros , the former U.S. ambassador to Spain. "I learned very quickly the struggles faced by those children and their parents," she added. "What I also experienced was progress when the children got the help they needed and in turn I saw a glimmer of hope in the parents.
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By Tom Thorkelson | February 5, 2011
I met an amazing human being during a visit to Seattle a few years ago. His name was Bill Porter. Bill and I were born in the same month but under entirely different circumstances. He was afflicted with cerebral palsy. His mother told him he could accomplish anything if he set his mind to it, and encouraged him to achieve his goals. It was her faith in Bill that gave him faith in his potential. Despite being told by counselors that he was unemployable and should stay at home and collect disability checks for the rest of his life — and after company after company (including Fuller Brush)
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By Michael Miller | April 29, 2010
Donna Brandt has witnessed some remarkable transformations in her 10 years at the Therapeutic Riding Center. The Huntington Beach resident has seen children with curved spines and cerebral palsy learn to widen their legs by riding on horseback. She has heard an autistic girl, who had never spoken in her presence before, say goodbye to a horse before leaving the grounds. Saturday afternoon, Brandt is aiming for a breakthrough of a different kind. The center, housed at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, plans to hold its second annual Derby Day fundraiser, and organizers have their sights on raising $10,000 for scholarships, veterinary care and other expenses.
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By Cesar Gonzalez | April 21, 2010
A baseball field with a smooth surface, access for wheelchairs into the dugouts and a rubberized surface to prevent injuries, this all seems like a dream come true for Reo Kobayashi, a Newport Coast resident. He plans to enjoy playing on it. Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the City of Anaheim broke ground last month on the MLB and Angels All-Star Complex at Pioneer Park in Anaheim. The project is part of the “Going Beyond” charity and community service theme for the 2010 All-Star Summer in Anaheim.
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By Steve Virgen | May 2, 2009
COSTA MESA — About five years ago, doctors told Mark Stier and his wife, Shannon, that their daughter, Kendall, would need a wheelchair daily because of her cerebral palsy. But on Saturday, during a kids’ race at the OC Fair, for the OC Marathon, Kendall proved them all wrong. The 8-year-old from San Clemente smiled as she completed about a half mile. When crossing the finish line, her friends and several others applauded and cheered. It was the first time, Kendall traveled such a distance without a walker.
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By B.W. COOK | March 27, 2009
A major serving of inspiration accompanied a luncheon last week at Big Canyon Country Club. The Fashionable Women of Chapman University held a “Film Makers Luncheon,” welcoming some 100 guests in support of Chapman University and in particular the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. This was, however, not just another ladies luncheon on the social circuit. Amid the well-dressed women were four young men who had been invited as the special guests to come and share their story of a life-changing adventure.
NEWS
February 13, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Paige Larsh could hardly see a thing. Tunnel vision so restricted the 8-year-old that she could only see two small pinholes of light directly in front of her as she negotiated her way through Lincoln Elementary School's multipurpose room. She felt her way with a white cane as she cautiously avoided chairs and boxes littering the floor, classmate Hannah Padilla verbally directing her around the obstacles. After the exercise, Paige took the special goggles off, and her vision returned to normal.
NEWS
July 1, 2003
Steve Virgen Just like any other runner, Christy Crandall becomes nervous before a race. But she's not just any other athlete. Take a closer look. You'll find a smile that will make your biggest worry become tiny, your largest complaint in life will wither. That smile is as real and true as the challenges she has overcome throughout her life. Crandall, a Newport Beach resident, deals with obstacles on a daily basis. She has cerebral palsy. When she is among the other athletes before a 5,000-meter race, she says she pretends she can run as fast as everyone else.
NEWS
June 11, 2003
Susan Shaw received divine inspiration in a likely place. Well, outside of a likely place. Two years ago, after attending church, the Newport Coast resident walked outside and realized her life mission as a volunteer. What she saw was a simple wheelchair that was designed for the 100-million disabled poor around the world. "It was one of those experiences [that] people always talk about, where I found out what I'm supposed to do to give back for being blessed," Shaw said.
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