The Boston Globe: Northeastern inspired by 16-year-old with cerebral palsy
Boston Globe - 03/17/2015
One of the most important members of the NCAA Tournament-bound Northeastern basketball team hasn’t taken a shot, made a pass, or even set foot on the court.
Max Plansky is a 16-year-old from Beverly who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 9 months old. He uses a wheelchair and, according to his father, Michael Plansky, is non-mobile and mostly non-verbal. He requires the kind of round-the-clock care and attention that only compassionate people can provide.
Even though he’s not like other children in so many ways, Max is identical to his peers in one very vital way: He longs to be part of something. Inclusion for someone with disabilities can boost confidence and self-esteem. It can help establish an identity. In Max’s case, it can also improve the health of a young boy who already has spent far too many of his nights in a hospital room.