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Man Running In Mini-Marathon Despite Cerebral Palsy

Brian Heyburn got a rough start to life. A doctor improperly administered an epidural during his C-section birth. The serious error caused Heyburn to suffer cerebral palsy, and he spent his early childhood growing up at a center for children with special needs.

While grade school presents significant challenges for students with no physical disabilities, Heyburn endured teasing and alienation because of his condition. It's something that no child should suffer through, but it didn't break Heyburn's spirit.

Heyburn, now 24, has been busily training for a 13.1 mile mini-marathon. Accustomed to defying odds and proving naysayers wrong, he welcomes the looming challenge. He's already accomplished a lot, battling through muscle weakness, balance and coordination difficulties. Although he understands there's a chance he may not be able to finish the race, he's going to give it his all and have no regrets if things don't go as planned.

In the fall, Heyburn will attend the University of Illinois at Chicago to obtain a masters degree in Disabilities and Human Development. His graduate education will ready him for a career where he will help other disabled people to live normal lives by overcoming the obstacles that society subjects them to.

Heyburn is an exceptional case; most people with cerebral palsy are thrilled just to be able to walk. Still, his drive and desire are unquestionable and he serves as an inspiration to us all.

Source:, "Man with cerebral palsy won't let disease get in the way of life," Rachel Collier, April 30, 2012

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