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Runner With Cerebral Palsy Gets Contract With Nike


The Week in Neurodiversity

The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by the DifferentBrains.org staff.

Today’s host: Reuben Friedlander!

(3 min 29 sec) In this episode: a woman fighting ALS makes it her mission to help others, a college volleyball team looks to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, a runner with cerebral palsy becomes first to get a contract with Nike, and more!

[00:10] To kick things off, Justin Gallegos received the surprise of a lifetime when he became the first runner with cerebral palsy to earn a contract with Nike. https://www.cbssports.com/general/news/nike-surprises-oregon-runner-with-cerebral-palsy-with-a-contract-to-chase-half-marathon-goal/

[00:45] Next up, a woman fighting ALS is has made it her mission to help others with the condition. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/10/10/woman-walk-to-defeat-als/

[01:15] Over in North Carolina, parents organized a walk to raise awareness for children with apraxia. https://www.wral.com/parents-kids-walk-to-raise-awareness-of-apraxia/17898347/

[01:45] The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor held its second annual Touchdowns event to honor those with Down syndrome. https://www.kwtx.com/content/news/UMHB-scores-with-event-honoring-people-with-Down-syndrome-495373931.html

[02:19] And finally, the UW-Green Bay Volleyball team is looking to rally around their coach, whose mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, by setting up a pep rally to raise awareness. https://www.wbay.com/content/news/UWGB-volleyball-rallies-around-coach-serves-Alzheimers-awareness-497733721.html

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