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Colton’s Courage

By Kayleigh Rahn
It starts with a boy who thought he needed some extra courage.

That boy is Colton Rahn, a 9-year-old Tuscola kid who loves the Illini, plays ball with his friends, and happens to have cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a term used to define a disorder that affects healthy movement in different parts of the body. It can affect the way a person walks, posture, and coordination.

Colton was diagnosed at 14 months old.

“Doctors told the family that Colton had a stroke either right before or after birth due to a blood clot in the left artery going into the brain,” reported the “The Champaign Room”. “The clot stopped before it reached the center, but it blocked all of the blood flow to the left side of his rain. The left side of his brain is dead.”

Despite the outlook provided by doctors, with the help of therapy, Colton has made progress they never expected and has been seizure free for three years.

However, doctor’s visits, procedures, and surgeries have become a normal part of life for Colton, though that didn’t make the idea of going under for eye surgery Tuesday, Feb. 6 any less intimidating, his parents Jason Rahn and Katie Parker said.

“He had mentioned something to his grandma about being scared, but he hadn’t said anything to us,” Rahn said. “He’d said that it wasn’t the procedure but going under that scared him. For kids with Cerebral Palsy any sort of procedure or surgery becomes high risk, because they don’t metabolize the chemicals used to put people under like a normal child would. We wanted to talk with him before going in to let him know that it is natural to be afraid, and that it’s OK to be scared but we’d be there for him.”

To prove to Colton he had plenty of people in his corner who were cheering for him through the tough procedure, Rahn put out a simple message on Twitter asking for positive thoughts and well wishes for his son.

“OK fellow #illini fans. Needs some help,” Rahn posted. “My 9yo who is a huge #illini fan is going for his 2nd eye procedure (for his cerebral palsy) on Tuesday, and he is scared to death. Can I get some messages of support to read him?”

The full story can be found in the Wednesday, Feb. 14 edition of The Tuscola Journal.

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