Friday Fun: He’s an inspiration

Craig James

I ran across this story while working this week, and I was amazed.

Craig James, 13, of New Orleans, was born with cerebral palsy, but he hasn’t let that get him down.

James also has an amazing talent for singing.

He’s been doing it all his life, and his mother said it all began when Craig would attend services with his grandmother.

Of course, as a boy with cerebral palsy, life hasn’t always been easy for him. He’s apparently dealt with spasticity and muscular tone because the report on WDSU-TV said Craig is recovering from surgery on his ankles. I’m wondering it was an Achille’s tendon lengthening like J.P. endured.

Also like J.P., Craig had some amazing people who have helped him through his tough times at a children’s hospital in New Orleans.

I think the difference between children’s hospitals and regular hospitals is the desire of the staff to be positive and inspirational to their patients — in hopes that they can maximize their potential for the rest of their lives.

They did it for Craig, and he was even able to tryout for “America’s Got Talent,” says he loves sports and wants to learn to dance.

Craig seems like an amazing teenager that’s not letting a diagnosis get him down. It’s something we can all use to inspire us this weekend.

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