At Licking Valley, wheelchair doesn’t stop sixth-grader from continuing Torbert tradition

At Licking Valley, wheelchair doesn’t stop sixth-grader from continuing Torbert tradition

Newark Advocate | December 25, 2010 | By Dave Weidig

HANOVER — Licking Valley’s “director of basketball operations” is the third generation of Torberts to grace the Panthers’ boys program.

That’s what first-year Valley head coach Todd Torbert affectionately calls his 12-year-old son, Cade, and the term fits. The Licking Valley Middle School sixth grader has a hand in nearly everything involved with the Panthers — despite the fact he gets around in a motorized wheelchair.

Cade has spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy in which the motor neurons in his spine degenerate, causing the muscles to weaken and fail. He’s had five back surgeries and has rods in his back, but fortunately, should have to have just one more surgery.

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