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The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas has recognized 3 Kansans for their accomplishments in overcoming their physical disabilities. The CPRF held a ceremony Thursday to present the Peter John Loux Memorial Awards, with an endowed gift of $1,000.
The awards were presented to:
Joel Strain, who was paralyzed at age 16 in a car accident, but went on to graduate from Friends University. He now works in marketing at Intrust Bank Arena, and he is a substitute teacher in the Wichita Public Schools.
Christopher Lee, who was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and required a wheelchair at the age of 8. He enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and studied to become an aerospace engineer, and he has worked at Cessna for 5 years. He continues to work with the assistance of a ventilator, after experiencing severe respiratory failure that called for an emergency tracheotomy last year.
Henry Parker, who overcame cerebral palsy to become a woodworker, active in a workshop attached to his home. Parker has spoken before the Kansas Legislature on issues affecting senior citizens, and he works with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.