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An Ability to Help Others

Charles Dieteman, a Lewiston-Porter High School student, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth but he has never let his diagnosis hold him back. Charles dedicates most of his free time giving back to his community by educating them about his disability and raising money for local non-profits. March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, a big month for Charles and his efforts. This year, March brought a new challenge, as this was when the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the nation and changed all of our lives. But Charles did not let that slow down him down. He pivoted and created a social media campaign to replace traditional in-person efforts with online donations.

Within the past few years, Charles has personally raised over $10,000 for Empower, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. “I want to teach people about cerebral palsy; but not even just that, I love to volunteer and help out the community. It’s just an awesome thing to do,” said Charles. Charles has already received national recognition for his community service and dedication to giving back.

Most recently, he was awarded both the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award that places him in the top 10% of students in terms of community service in New York.

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