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Paralyzed man gives disabled kids hope through yoga

“My name is Matt. My legs are a little skinnier than many,” admits Matthew Sanford, a complete stranger to the wide-eyed youngsters in wheelchairs and hospital beds assembled in the auditorium of Chicago’s Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The young onlookers, all with disabilities, know nothing about the yoga this 45-year-old’s about to teach them. What they know — instantly — is that Sanford is one of them because he’s instructing from a wheelchair.

Affectionately calling his audience his “tribe,” Sanford guides his wheelchair to each patient to thoughtfully inquire about his or her disability (“What’s going on?” “What have you been told?”).

via Paralyzed man gives disabled kids hope through yoga :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Mind and Body.

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