Today we have another story of a student who has successfully overcome their birth injury through determination and support. Mark Carney graduated with honors from Landstown High School in Virginia Beach after a successful academic and athletic career. Pilot Online has the details.
Mark was born with Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus palsy. His nerves were damaged during the birth process. Despite undergoing numerous surgeries, he has little use of his right arm and fingers.
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However, he isn’t someone who gives up. Even as a baby, he found a unique way to crawl to build strength. From the age of six, he played basketball and started playing at the scholastic level in middle school. To help him overcome his disability, he improved his athletic ability by lifting weights and running.
The varsity coach of Landstown High was impressed with what he saw, but the school’s athletic program was highly competitive. He wasn’t sure if he could make it. But Mark did and played as a guard/forward on the varsity team for the last two years of high school.
Now he’s considering whether to go for a psychology major or to major in vocal music. We’re glad that Mark’s determination has helped him overcome the problems of his disability. As he says in the story, “I don’t like pity stuff at all.”