Cerebral Palsy: 7 Famous People Who Have It


Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects the muscles, motion, and motor skills. The disorder is most commonly caused by brain damage. CP affects about three out of every 1000 births, and at this time, there is no known cure. The effects range from a mild limp to severe speech and movement issues. Here are some famous people with CP.

Number Seven: Josh Blue

Josh Blue is a stand-up comic from the USA. The star uses his self-deprecating humor, and challenges people to get over pre-conceived notions about people with CP.

Number Six: Abbey Nicole Curran

Curran made history when she became the very first Miss USA participant with a disability in ’08. She also started something called the Miss You Can Do It Pageant for girls with special needs, using her status to give back and help others.

Number Five: Bonner Paddock and Cerebral Palsy

Bonner Paddock wasn’t diagnosed until he was 11 years old, and up until then, played sports as if he didn’t even possess physical limitations. This impressive man was the first person with cerebral palsy to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro without help.

Number Four: Dan Keplinger

This man is an artist, as well as a motivational speaker. He developed the disability due to complications with his birth. His artwork has been shown in a few different galleries across America.

Number Three: Geri Jewell

Geri Jewell is an actress, comic, writer, and public speaker who has won national recognition. This was for being the first individual with cerebral palsy to be cast in a TV series.

Number Two: Christy Brown

This impressive man was a painter, poet and author born in Ireland. He had a severe case of palsy. With the help of his mom, he eventually learned how to read, write, and talk. He wrote an autobiography and had a film made about him.

Number One: RJ Mitte

We all know this guy from Breaking Bad. His career with acting began in 2006 when he moved to LA. Here, he started working with a talent agent with hopes of spreading awareness about CP. Thanks for reading our list, and we hope you enjoyed it.