After being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Reed has refused to let it stop him from being the best athlete and person that he can be. Since 2015, Reed has competed at track and field meets across the US, with 33 podium finishes and 9 national championships. But it is his work off the track that truly distinguishes him.
In January 2018, Reed authored his first book Running with Reed: Be a Better Somebody that tells his story of becoming nationally competitive runner despite his diagnosis, as well as highlights his devotion to being a better "somebody" and encouraging others to do the same. Proceeds from the sale of Reed's first book have enabled him to make a donation to the Make Lemon Aide Foundation for CP and assist 51 non-profit organizations across the US and Canada. His second book "Running with Reed: Challenge Yourself" is scheduled for release Spring 2019.
In 2018, Reed traveled to 20 states across the US and Canada to spread awareness for the needs of those with CP, assist hospitalized children and their families, and help communities in any way that he could.
Reed was the National Ambassador for the Make Lemon Aide Foundation for Cerebral Palsy in 2016. The Amateur Athletic Union named him a National Spotlight Athlete for of his service to others and his athletic accomplishments despite such adversity.
Julia is a student at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. The biggest influence in her life is her little brother Joey, who is a CP warrior. Even though Joey has limited speech and physical abilities, Julia is inspired by his strength, resiliency, and happiness. Over the past few years, she has volunteered for the Walk/Run/Roll in Lauren’s Shoes, created a Zest for Life fundraising team, and lead a fundraising project at her high school, Mount Mercy Academy. Through all her efforts, Julia has helped raise thousands of dollars for the Make Lemon Aide Foundation for CP. In the future, she plans to grow Joey’s CP team and become more directly involved in the foundation.
“The Make Lemon Aide Foundation for Cerebral Palsy has introduced me to a whole new community of amazing people that has brought my family, especially Joey, a comfortable, inclusive, and uplifting environment that continues to show that people with Cerebral Palsy CAN do anything!”
Justin is a student at Depew High School in New York. He was born prematurely, has Cerebral Palsy, suffered a stroke, and doctors believed that he would never walk or talk. Through his hardships he has learned that hard work and determination pay huge dividends.
Some of his proudest physical achievements are obtaining the rank of Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, playing in a softball league, and volunteering in a special needs baseball league. Academically, Justin carries an average above 100 while taking multiple AP and Honors classes. Justin hopes to attend Harvard for Political Science and continue on to law school.
In middle school, Justin tried out for the cross country team and at his pre-screening physical the school doctor said, “You have Cerebral Palsy and think you can run?” Instead of dwelling on the way the doctor treated him, he decided to take a more meaningful course of action. He started running 5K races while raising money for CP. He proved that he can, in fact, run, while raising money for a cause near and dear to him.
Justin’s twin brother has epilepsy, cerebral palsy, requires the aid of a walker to ambulate and faces challenges with just about anything he does. Justin admires his brother and boasts that he is the strongest person he knows. This admiration motivated him to complete a 5K run while pushing his brother in a jogging stroller.
Each year Justin creates a fundraising team and runs in the annual Walk/Run/Roll in Lauren’s Shoes 5K/1M Honorary CP Walk event. He recently spearheaded a huge fundraising effort at his school. Through these events he has raised thousands of dollars for the Make Lemon Aide Foundation for CP.