Local cerebral palsy patient attends first football game

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Forty-year-old Christy King attended her first ever football game on Oct. 17, 2014 for the Bainbridge High School Bearcats’ homecoming game.
The Bearcats are her favorite high school team, and she wears purple and gold every Friday in support of the team, despite her not being able to attend the games.
King lives at Memorial Hospital and Manor with her mother, Callie King. Christy King was born in August of 1974 with cerebral palsy.
“Cerebral palsy” is a blanket term for various neurological disorders that most commonly affect a person’s motor and muscle functions. Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage from injury or abnormal development of the brain while a child’s brain is still developing before, during or immediately following birth.
According to MyChild at CerebralPalsy.org, cerebral palsy is the most common of all childhood disabilities with it occurring in two-to-three out of 1,000 children in the U.S.
Cerebral palsy currently does not have a cure, but many are able to live long, quality lives with the condition, while others with severe cerebral palsy require more assistance on a daily basis.
King enjoyed the Bearcat game and hopes to be able to go to another before the season ends, because of how much fun she had.
King also likes the Georgia Bulldogs and has her room decorated in black and red.

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