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Celebration of Our Stars: A stage to let their skills shine
By Debbie Abe
The News Tribune
The fifth annual Celebration of Our Stars, held Saturday at Emerald Ridge High School on South Hill, featured the talents of more than 70 special-needs children.
The performers included clients at the Children’s Therapy Unit at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, as well as students in Puyallup’s SAIL program at Kalles Junior High and E-Sail at Ridgecrest Elementary. Many of the children have muscular dystrophy, speech delays, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or other cognitive and neuromuscular disorders that hinder their ability to participate in typical childhood activities.
“They don’t get the soccer trophies or the dance recitals. This is a recital for them,” said Good Samaritan physical therapist Sara Kerrick, one of the show organizers. “… They’re on stage for who they are, and not for who they aren’t.”
The full story was published at thenewstribune.com.
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