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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 4, 2014
A 25-year-old man born with cerebral palsy, whose first doctors predicted his abilities would keep him from talking, shared his story on Monday with students and educators at Glendale Community College about overcoming his life's multitude of obstacles. Mike Berkson has little control of his arms and legs, and was born with an identical, able-bodied twin. At age 12, Berkson met Tim Wambach, who was hired to work as his personal aid. For the past several years, the two men have taken their story of friendship on the road in a performance called “Handicap This!
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July 12, 2011
Mary J. MacPherson, 88, passed away 7/8/11. She was a long time resident of Pasadena. She was born in Mound City, Illinois; her family moved west to Long Beach in 1939. She attended schools in Long Beach. While working  at the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation during World War II, she met her husband, George H. MacPherson. They were married in 1944. She leaves two sons (Stephen of La Canada- Flintridge and George of Pasadena), and two daughters (Dr. Linda Bradley of San Diego and Mary Beth of Santa Barbara)
NEWS
January 6, 2004
Darleene Barrientos A Jamaican orphan whose most fervent prayer was to be able to walk normally will begin the journey of having that wish granted today, beginning with surgery on his ankles. Mild cerebral palsy has prevented 5-year-old Christopher Bandoo from walking normally. But with the help of a few local good Samaritans, Christopher will undergo the surgery at Glendale Adventist Medical Center today to lengthen his Achilles' tendons and receive proper rehabilitation after his ankles have healed.
FEATURES
By Anthony Kim | December 9, 2006
Jirair "CJ" Yektazarian used to play basketball in his wheelchair. He still has trouble with shooting and dribbling, but that hasn't cooled his passion for basketball. The 15-year-old Hoover High School freshman — who was born with cerebral palsy — pulled up to the Glendale Police Department in a limousine Friday to be greeted by police officers and the city mayor before he went off to meet his favorite basketball player, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. "I love basketball," Yektazarian said.
SPORTS
November 17, 2006
The Glendale/La Crescenta AYSO's V.I.P. program will play its final home soccer game of the season this Saturday at the Glendale Sports Complex at 3:30 p.m. against the Pasadena area Special Olympics soccer team. AYSO VIP Program provides a quality soccer experience for children - and adults - whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams may include those who are blind or visually impaired, amputees or conditions that impair mobility, mentally or emotionally challenged ort who are autistic, have Downs Syndrome or cerebral palsy These youths are Very Important Players (VIP)
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | July 13, 2007
Verdugo Hills Hospital is planning to file an appeal in a recent jury decision that awarded a child $15 million finding that the hospital and a local pediatrician was negligent in informing and caring for a baby with jaundice. A 9-3 Glendale Superior Court jury verdict of $15 million was awarded July 2 to a local family in support of their claims that Verdugo Hills Hospital and their son's pediatrician did not properly address their newborn's jaundice. The actual costs to pay for extensive medical care over the course of Aidan Ming-Ho Leung's lifetime may be closer to $96 million.
NEWS
June 14, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum When Sam Arnold joined the Move A Child Higher therapy program three years ago, he couldn't even sit on the horse. With his back weakened by cerebral palsy, he could do little more than lean back, resting his body on the back of the saddle. After the therapeutic horseback riding, Sam, 8, is strong enough to sit up for as long as 40 minutes, smiling all the while. "The movement of the horse strengthens his back and side muscles," said Joy Rittenhouse, executive director and founder of program, known as MACH 1. "When a child is wheelchair-bound, there's no way to strengthen those muscles."
NEWS
April 17, 2000
Tim Willert DOWNTOWN -- Peggy Johnson didn't compete in Saturday's Tri-Valley Special Olympic Games, but she probably worked as hard as any athlete. Johnson and about two dozen volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Glendale staffed concession stands, made sandwiches, helped with crowd control and directed competitors at the event, which drew more than 700 mentally disabled athletes to Glendale High School. "It is the most rewarding experience to be able to work with the athletes and to see them perform," Johnson said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 25, 2013
A 53-year-old Glendale man pleaded not guilty this week to charges that he allegedly knocked a man out of his wheelchair and stole it so he could use it as a prop for panhandling, police said. Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Phillip Papineau with felony grand theft and felony petty theft with priors in connection with the theft of David Baysinger's wheelchair, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. Papineau was arrested about 4 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of robbery at the Tropico Motel in the 400 block of West Chevy Chase Drive, where Baysinger, 57, of Glendale told officers Papineau was staying, according to Glendale police.
NEWS
June 10, 2002
Marshall Allen LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Sam Arnold, 6, may have his activities limited by cerebral palsy, but he still loves to ride horses. Especially Heidi, the Norwegian fjord pony he rides as a part of his weekly Move A Child Higher -- MACH 1 -- therapeutic horseback riding. MACH 1 incorporates mounted games, exercises and drills to help children with special needs develop. The program's 22 riders are between 4 and 16, and have disabilities like autism, Rhett's Syndrome and Tourett's Syndrome.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 4, 2014
A 25-year-old man born with cerebral palsy, whose first doctors predicted his abilities would keep him from talking, shared his story on Monday with students and educators at Glendale Community College about overcoming his life's multitude of obstacles. Mike Berkson has little control of his arms and legs, and was born with an identical, able-bodied twin. At age 12, Berkson met Tim Wambach, who was hired to work as his personal aid. For the past several years, the two men have taken their story of friendship on the road in a performance called “Handicap This!
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SPORTS
By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press | April 27, 2013
LA CRESCENTA - Ryan Muir let out a yell for all of the athletes at the CV CAN Games to hear. Muir had just finished a throw in the shot put competition at the Special Olympics qualifying event and was as thrilled as any other athlete, no matter where his shot put landed. He had reason to celebrate. He walked away with an award, as did all of the other athletes competing at the games Saturday at Crescenta Valley High. “You have to realize that 40 years ago, these guys never left the house,” said Sherry Netherland, Muir's shot put coach from Westside.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 25, 2013
A 53-year-old Glendale man pleaded not guilty this week to charges that he allegedly knocked a man out of his wheelchair and stole it so he could use it as a prop for panhandling, police said. Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Phillip Papineau with felony grand theft and felony petty theft with priors in connection with the theft of David Baysinger's wheelchair, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. Papineau was arrested about 4 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of robbery at the Tropico Motel in the 400 block of West Chevy Chase Drive, where Baysinger, 57, of Glendale told officers Papineau was staying, according to Glendale police.
COMMUNITY
By Ruth Sowby | June 5, 2012
What if, at 26-years-old, you were a slightly older student looking to pick up some needed classes at Glendale Community College? What if you were a minority student, not of the majority ethnicity on campus? What if you had to negotiate the many highways and byways on campus via a walker? What if you had cerebral palsy since you were a toddler? What if, in spite of these obstacles, you maintained a 3.78 grade point average in naturopathic medicine and had already received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara?
NEWS
July 12, 2011
Mary J. MacPherson, 88, passed away 7/8/11. She was a long time resident of Pasadena. She was born in Mound City, Illinois; her family moved west to Long Beach in 1939. She attended schools in Long Beach. While working  at the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation during World War II, she met her husband, George H. MacPherson. They were married in 1944. She leaves two sons (Stephen of La Canada- Flintridge and George of Pasadena), and two daughters (Dr. Linda Bradley of San Diego and Mary Beth of Santa Barbara)
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | July 13, 2007
Verdugo Hills Hospital is planning to file an appeal in a recent jury decision that awarded a child $15 million finding that the hospital and a local pediatrician was negligent in informing and caring for a baby with jaundice. A 9-3 Glendale Superior Court jury verdict of $15 million was awarded July 2 to a local family in support of their claims that Verdugo Hills Hospital and their son's pediatrician did not properly address their newborn's jaundice. The actual costs to pay for extensive medical care over the course of Aidan Ming-Ho Leung's lifetime may be closer to $96 million.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | July 6, 2007
A Glendale Superior Court civil jury awarded $15 million in damages to a child who developed a serious neurological disorder due to untreated jaundice shortly after his birth at Verdugo Hills Hospital four years ago. "His family is relieved and pleased," said Laun K. Phan, attorney for four-year-old Aidan Ming-Ho Leung. A 9-3 jury verdict of $15 million was delivered, however the actual costs may be closer to $96 million over the course of the child's lifetime to pay for extensive medical care.
FEATURES
By Anthony Kim | December 9, 2006
Jirair "CJ" Yektazarian used to play basketball in his wheelchair. He still has trouble with shooting and dribbling, but that hasn't cooled his passion for basketball. The 15-year-old Hoover High School freshman — who was born with cerebral palsy — pulled up to the Glendale Police Department in a limousine Friday to be greeted by police officers and the city mayor before he went off to meet his favorite basketball player, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. "I love basketball," Yektazarian said.
SPORTS
November 17, 2006
The Glendale/La Crescenta AYSO's V.I.P. program will play its final home soccer game of the season this Saturday at the Glendale Sports Complex at 3:30 p.m. against the Pasadena area Special Olympics soccer team. AYSO VIP Program provides a quality soccer experience for children - and adults - whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams may include those who are blind or visually impaired, amputees or conditions that impair mobility, mentally or emotionally challenged ort who are autistic, have Downs Syndrome or cerebral palsy These youths are Very Important Players (VIP)
NEWS
December 31, 2004
DAN KIMBER Over the holiday season I learned about two organizations whose sole purpose is to ease human suffering and help provide a normal life for people who came into this world without all the normal equipment. My friend Ann Denis arranged for me to have a tour of Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles. I learned about a medical facility and a sponsoring organization that devote themselves entirely to curing childhood diseases and congenital conditions.
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