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Climb for Life: Empowering Special-Needs Kids

By Ronda Robinson, Jun 11, 2020.

Ari Cohen of Boca Raton, Fla., was born with a rare chromosome disorder called Trisomy 9 Mosaic. Many infants do not survive it. Indeed, doctors said Ari wouldn’t live past his first birthday. And if he did, he wouldn’t walk.

Today he is 16 years old and recently participated in a Climb for Life, thanks to a dream and team led by Michael Neuman of Miami Beach, who in 2019 became the first Orthodox Jew to defeat a professional athlete and win third place on the CBS show “Million Dollar Mile”.

“I could not imagine my son would be climbing rock walls and pushing 500-pound tires,” exclaimed Leah Cohen, referring to some of the obstacles Ari conquered. “He was on a professional football player’s shoulders. Other volunteers were holding him. You know how they say a picture speaks 1,000 words? The picture of that day spoke every word Ari can’t say.”

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