Former Cerebral Palsy Poster Child Now Seeking Disability Assistance
by Kenny Cunningham
(Denver, Colorado, USA)
My name is Kenny Cunningham. I'm a former Cerebral Palsy Poster Child now seeking disability assistance.
I was handicapped at birth when I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. In 1966 I became the Cerebral Palsy Poster Child for the state of Colorado.
Then in 1967 and 1968 I was the United Cerebral Palsy Poster Child. I visited President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967 and again in 1968 when I played a role in having President Johnson sign the Americans with Disabilities Act.
I have appeared in many telethons across the United Stated and in many public service TV ads and movie trailers.
After all of that, I grew up and had three children of my own. When my second son was about two years old, my son Michael was diagnosed with a form of Muscular Dystrophy.
At the time, my wife was pregnant with my daughter, who was later diagnosed with M.D. And then I was re-diagnosed with M.D. and NOT cerebral Palsy as they said when I was a child.
Since all of this, my life has became very hard. I'm not able to work now and I really would like to provide a good home for my children to grow up in. I would like to buy a home in La Junta, Colorado.
I have never asked anyone for any help at all but times are really getting tough and I would really like to know if anyone can help.
Thank you very much for any disability assistance, or for any kind of help for people with disabilities, I can be directed to.