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

December 26, 2010

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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College Students Help Non-Verbal Children Communicate Many For The First Time

November 23, 2010

College Students Help Non-Verbal Children Communicate Many For The First Time

Medical News Today | November 23, 2010

Students majoring in communication disorders at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, are ahead of their peers nationwide who are working toward careers in speech pathology because of a one-of-a-kind program that gives the undergraduates more hands-on experience than most graduate students in the field.

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Dinner To Raise Funds For Van

November 16, 2010

Dinner To Raise Funds For Van

Springfield News-Sun | November 16, 2010

By Whitney DeGroat, Staff Writer

Family’s vehicle needs to be modified to lift wheelchair for girl with spinal muscular atrophy.