TNCC Student Overcomes Challenges of Cerebral Palsy Graduates with AAS Degree in Human Services

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For Keishera “KeiKei” White graduating cum laude from Thomas Nelson Community College earlier this month marked yet another significant triumph in her life. Throughout her 28 years she has lived with a rare form of cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound. When her peers took the stage to receive their awards on graduation day, White proudly took a position out front to accept her Associate of Applied Science in Human Services degree.

“…from the beginning of my life I had obstacles to try to hold me back, but I didn’t let that stop me … The doctors called me a ‘miracle baby.’ I spent the first 16 days of my life in the hospital without bonding with my mother,” says White, explaining that she suffered a severe lack of oxygen at birth that resulted in cerebral palsy.