Parents of children with disabilities. We all know at least one person that is a parent of children with disabilities. It’s very refreshing and inspiring to see that even well-known celebrities can relate to other parents of children with disabilities. In fact, they go a step further and use their fame and fortune to raise much-needed awareness.
Sylvester Stallone (actor)
The biggest punch this actor ever took, wasn’t in the ring, it was the day he learned that his son had autism. Seargeoh was diagnosed with autism in early childhood. The famous “Rocky” actor has accepted his son as he is and says that God and nature made him different. Sly, has been very involved in raising autism awareness – including a PSA in 1990.
Stallone told People, not long after his son was diagnosed in 1985:
“To have a child in this predicament is extremely sad, it’s almost like a radio station – he fades on and off the signal”
John McGinley (actor and comedienne)
Actor John McGinley isn’t a well-known actor, but you will know him as the poker-faced Dr. Cox, from the medical comedy series “Scrubs”. The actor is a father to Max aged 11, who has Down syndrome. Board member and international spokesperson for the Global Down syndrome Foundation and a key advocate for “Spread the Word to the End of the World” – this father is making an impact in his son’s life and giving back to the disabled community.
McGinley spoke to Daily Wire about being a parent of a child with disabilities:
“You do a lot of “woe is me” and there’s a good deal of sticking your head in the sand, and then at some point, you realize that this child is going to need your help. He’s not the first child born with challenges, and you’ve got to suck it up. So, we did. When someone is born with Down syndrome, for the first couple of years, there is a parade of challenges that they’re most likely going to be exposed to – the “triple threat” being cardiac, cerebral problems, and digestive. Max dodged the gut, we dodged open heart surgery on an infant. What presented was sleep apnea and seizures”
Colin Farrel (actor)
Actor, Colin Farrell who is known for many leading roles in Hollywood Movies, is a father to James aged 14. James has Angelman Syndrome. Farrell is a supporter for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics
Colin Farrell spoke out about being a parent of a child with disabilities:
“The struggles of a child with special needs can be so brutal that they can tear at the very fabric of your heart, but the love shared and pure strength and heroism observed is the needle and thread that mends all tears”
Katie Price (model)
The famous model who is a mom to five children. Harvey, now aged 15 has blindness, autism, and Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Price speaks openly about her son on Twitter:
“The syndrome he has means he feels hungry all the time, so he’ll just eat and eat and eat. It’s really tough at times”
Katie Price supports The Great Ormond Street Hospital and many other charities
Parents of children with disabilities are the strongest people alive, they were given a gift and not a curse.
More about this remarkable woman here