Lake City HS runner proves cerebral palsy, autism can’t slow him down
SPOKANE, Wash. — Running is an activity taken up by different people for different reasons. Some run to win, some run to relieve stress. Jim Kinnard runs because every step he takes, he’s proving someone wrong.
Jim Kinnard: “When I was a baby the doctors at Stanford told my parents that your son might never walk or talk, and everyone told me that I couldn’t do this or I couldn’t do that, so everyday when I run I feel like I’m proving to those people that I can do this, and I’m just like you.”
Only unlike us, Jim has overcome so much by simply lacing up his shoes. He was born with cerebral palsy, autism and ADHD. None of which slows him down as he’s an important part of the Timberwolves cross country, cheerleading and track teams.
Heather Harmon: “He is all about the team and supporting everyone, he makes signs for everyone. He just loves them to pieces and they in return love him as well.”
Kinnard: “It’s really good, being on this team is really really nice it makes me feel really important.”
Something Jim does for others every day. All over his school, and all over north Idaho.
Harmon: “It’s outstanding and he lkes to try everything, yesterday I got to see him, he was out supporting team hoyt at the hauser lake icebreaker so he’s just all over the place supporting everyone being involved everywhere doing all the activities himself.”
Like running, Jim has a purpose for his constant support and encouragement; to help those around him never fell the way he did growing up.
Kinnard: :”When I lived in Colorado, I would get bullied a lot or it would be hard for me to make friends, that’s why when I’m here I try to make my friends have a better experience than I did.”
Making friends no longer a problem as he’s been embraced at Lake City and it’s those friends that push Jim to keep getting faster.
Kinnard: “I just feel like my friends and the world is moving slow and I’m moving fast, my friends cheer me on and seeing all my friends make me run faster because I want to do good for them.”
Harmon: “Gosh any time you have an athlete that is willing to show up reguardless of what their ability is and keep working and trying and improving and coming out everyday and just being an awesome teammate, is outstanding.”
Jim learned at an early age that people are more than willing to tell him he can’t do things. He also learned at a young age how good it feels to show them that he can.
Kinnard: “To figure out, ‘oh you’re special needs, special needs kids aren’t able to to that,’ since then I was like you know what, I’m gonna do it and if I can’t do it thne great, but at least, I gotta try doing it.”
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