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How an 8-Year-Old Boy With Cerebral Palsy’s Dream of Playing Hockey Became a Reality

By 3 CBS Philly, 05/06/19, 12:00PM CDT

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“When you really get to know Ryan it’s not that unbelievable, He just has this persistence about him.”

Ryan Roper has been defying odds all of his life. The Delaware native’s dreams of playing hockey have been stifled by a health condition, but after years of sitting on the sidelines, his dream of hitting the ice is now a reality.

“They didn’t think he’d walk,” Meghann Roper, Ryan’s mom, said. “And he did.”

Courage is a mindset and Ryan certainly has the makeup. The 8-year-old has cerebral palsy and until now, he was forced to watch his sister’s hockey games and practices from behind the boards.

“I first met him, I didn’t know what was going on with Ryan,” Chad Everett, a hockey coach with the Delaware Stars youth hockey program, said, “and I asked his mom in casual conversation one day, ‘Hey why doesn’t he skate?’ and that’s when I learned everything.”