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Paraplegic LI politician seeks state senate seat

Published: November 5, 2006

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. — The title of her autobiography says it all about Brooke Ellison’s longshot chance of upsetting a two-term incumbent Tuesday in her state Senate bid: “Miracles Happen.”

Paralyzed from the neck down and Ventilator-dependent since a 1990 traffic accident, the 28-year-old Democrat is making her first bid for public office. She hopes to inspire voters with the obstacles she has overcome, and promises to bring the same grit and determination to Albany that earned her a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2004.

We have to work hard

Published: November 5, 2006

workhardBETHEL — For Cisco Fernandes, the adage that you have to crawl before you can walk is more than just a metaphor for life.

When Fernandes, now 36, broke his neck six years ago in a pool diving accident and became a quadriplegic, he said that one day he would walk.

That possibility seemed unlikely at the time. But now the goal is not as elusive.

Thanks to the generosity of people in the Danbury area, Fernandes and his 37-year-old wife, Jenn, raised $54,000 for experimental surgery and intensive Rehabilitation.