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3/7/2014    Saturday Spotlight: Ailing Boy Raises Awareness of Rare Disease

“I can’t help it. I cannot help it that I have PCD, I can’t. I wish I was a normal boy. I want to be a regular 10-year-old… I’m not. I really want to be a regular 10-year-old and not always be in the hospital. Please.”

Leanne Yates-Smith found this video on her iPad a few months ago. Her now 12-year-old son, Alex Yates, recorded the video on her iPad a couple of years ago without her knowing.

Alex has Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia, also known as PCD. He was diagnosed at the age of 6 after having pneumonia nine times in one year. According to the American Lung Association, PCD is a rare genetic lung disorder in which tiny hair-like structures that are supposed to move mucus out of airways do not. The mucus accumulates, causing infections and blockages.

Alex receives treatments for PCD at Levine Children’s Hospital. He also has Asperger’s, a form of autism.

“I can’t help it. I cannot help it that I have PCD, I can’t. I wish I was a normal boy. I want to be a regular 10-year-old… I’m not. I really want to be a regular 10-year-old and not always be in the hospital. Please.”

Leanne Yates-Smith found this video on her iPad a few months ago. Her now 12-year-old son, Alex Yates, recorded the video on her iPad a couple of years ago without her knowing.

Alex has Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia, also known as PCD. He was diagnosed at the age of 6 after having pneumonia nine times in one year. According to the American Lung Association, PCD is a rare genetic lung disorder in which tiny hair-like structures that are supposed to move mucus out of airways do not. The mucus accumulates, causing infections and blockages.

Alex receives treatments for PCD at Levine Children’s Hospital. He also has Asperger’s, a form of autism.

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3/7/2014    Competing For Gold - Another Take

I like to win. My family will tell you I change into a fierce personality on the tennis court. And I like my teams to win.

So, as a Canadian born and bred, when the Canadian women’s and men’s hockey teams won gold at Sochi I stood and sang “O Canada”!

But then, also being a naturalized American citizen, I cheered as the medals piled up both for the United States and Canada – as well as for the athletes from any country who stood on the podium to be acclaimed for their speed, strength and skill.

Then I got to pondering: What about those who trained for years but couldn’t make their teams? Or the sole athlete chosen to represent some small country knowing they had no chance to medal? Or those injured early in the competition who had to drop out? What does “competition” mean for them?

“Do you think God made us competitive?” I asked two friends, both pastors, both athletes.

Steve, a cross-country runner, believes some people are born more competitive. But he says, at its best competition drives us to conquer a challenge. “It doesn’t have to be rooted in destroying the competition. You need other people to compete with. But you don’t compete just for the fun of it. You compete to win.”


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/02/25/4723730/competing-for-gold-another-take.html#.UxoeivldWSo#storylink=cpy

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4/9/2013    YMCA Miracle League teams meet again

On April 9th, the YMCA Miracle League players had a fun-filled time during their Opening Day Meet and Greet.


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3/25/2013    S. Meck baseball team raises $4K for YMCA Miracle League

The South Mecklenburg High baseball team raised $4,635 in the program’s second YMCA Miracle League fundraiser. The team presented the check to Paul Petr, University City YMCA executive director, before its...
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1/28/2013    YMCA Miracle League gives special needs students time on the field

When Matthews residents Elizabeth and Brad Edwards enrolled their 14-year-old son Ryan in the YMCA’s Miracle League they had no idea how playing on a team would impact him.Ryan, who has Down syndrome, was one of about 50 area students to participate in the nonprofit’s first Miracle baseball season, which is open to any area student with special needs. The program links children who have disabilities with a buddy to assist...


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7/24/2012    YMCA Miracle League dedicates home plate for new baseball field

What a great day for YMCA Miracle League! Next stop...OPENING DAY!
Click the WBTV link and watch the story in the upper right hand corner. 

http://www.wbtv.com/story/19102374/miracle-league-dedicates-home-plate-for-new-baseball-field

7/23/2012    New "Miracle League" baseball field built for children with disabilities

WBTV's Molly Grantham loves YMCA Miracle League! Check out this feature story! 
New "Miracle League" baseball field built for children with disabilities

6/1/2012    YMCA Miracle League opening in Fall 2012

We are preparing for opening day in Fall 2012 and we hope you’ll join us for the celebration. 


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1/1/2012    League works miracles for special needs

YMCA and Miracle League team up to bring baseball for special needs children to the Charlotte area.


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