Adding to the hardship, Keefe had no access to food stamps.That’s because beginning in 2014, if you were under 50 and you weren’t caring for children, Maine started enforcing a three month time limit on food stamps, unless you were working 20 hours a week, volunteering, or in a job training program. Keefe could do none of those things with his injured wrist and he was under 50.
The legacy of the Clarks' son is obvious throughout local schools, said Mary Perry, a spokeswoman for the Desert Sands Unified School District, where Shaun Clark Jr. was a student.
Ellie Kerrigan is used to being a spectator at her brother's sporting events, but on Sunday the roles were reversed.
The 12-year-old Belleville girl, who has spinal muscular atrophy and has never walked in her life, was among more than two dozen kids with disabilities who participated in the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital first ever Adaptive Triathlon.
Ellie competed in all three events — walking and bicycling with assistance, but swimming by herself.
"It was fun," Ellie said afterward. "I expected the pool to be cold but it was really warm ... I love to swim."
"Swimming makes her feel free," Ellie's mother, Cathy Kerrigan, said. "Because she can walk in the pool where she's never walked never before. So in the pool, she has full movement."