Tag Archives: cerebral palsy

‘In sickness and in health – he’s a hero’

WHEN Alan Tucker got married, his wedding vows struck a significant chord as he was not only becoming a husband but also a carer for his wife Jennifer

The Sentinel


More than 40 years later, he still provides care 24 hours a day – but never complains.

  1. GREAT TEAM: Alan Tucker with wife Jennifer.

Jennifer, aged 62, believes she would have to be cared for in a home if Alan didn’t look after her.

And she is so grateful, she has now nominated Alan, aged 60, as Adult Carer of the Year in The Sentinel’s Our Heroes awards.

Jennifer was born three months premature and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a youngster.

She said: “Alan doesn’t like the limelight but I think people should know how good he and other carers are.

Touching video of boy, 11, with cerebral palsy running as classmates cheer him

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 02:09, 3 June 2012 | UPDATED: 02:09, 3 June 2012

A Youtube video of an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy being cheered on by his classmates as he finishes a 400-meter race has become an internet sensation.
Finishes: Matt Woodrum, 11, has cerebral palsy but loves to run

Matt Woodrum, who has spastic cerebral palsy that greatly affects his muscle movement, was struggling through the race at the Colonial Hills Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio when dozens of his classmates spontaneously converged alongside him chanting, ‘Let’s go Matt! Let’s go!’

Mum wins fight with Bournemouth Council over care for disabled son

Mum wins fight with Bournemouth Council over care for disabled son – and calls for resignations

11:00am Friday 25th May 2012 in News  By Melanie Vass

 Lorraine Zavadil from Throop, with her severely disabled son Tariq, 28

A MUM who has spent 18 months fighting to retain her severely disabled son’s care package has forced Bournemouth council to back down.

Lorraine Zavadil, 53, took on the council after it originally tried to cut the budget for her son Tarik’s care package by almost 70 per cent.

This would have meant that 28-year-old Tarik, who has congenital cerebral palsy, epilepsy and profound learning disabilities, is registered blind and is unable to speak, would have been unable to keep his current carers, some of whom have worked with him for over 10 years.