The Bakersfield man coping with cerebral palsy displays on his life throughout the Cerebral Palsy Consciousness Month
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA. – It is a condition that is more common than you might think. Cerebral palsy affects more than 700,000 adults and children across the country, including some here in Kern County.
For Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, 23ABC spoke to a local person living with CP to find out how he is getting the most of his life despite his condition.
“I never grew up running, that’s all I know.”
Scotty Crabtree has been in a wheelchair since he was seven years old after he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects a person’s motor skills and muscles. Crabtree says health problems are complex and come in a variety of forms.
“There are some people with cerebral palsy who cannot even speak. You have to rely on the caregivers 24/7 to take care of them.”
Crabtree says he is lucky enough to have spastic quad cerebral palsy that affects only one side of his body.
“The right side of my body, my right arm, I can move it, the left side of my body is more contracted, I can hardly use my left arm.”
But Crabtree doesn’t let that hold her back. He wrote a book that documents his life and demonstrated his talent as a singer, inspired by the late Buck Owens and country star Kim Macabee.
“I saw her in the Crystal Palace and thought I could do it. I wanted to show people that I was in a wheelchair, but with the help of Buck Owens, Kim Maccabee, Bakersfield’s country music community, I am able to. “
Although he needs help with some daily chores, Crabtree likes to think of himself as independent.
“People with CP have a mind too, they are just as human as everyone else. So if I were a person who didn’t have cerebral palsy and this disease, I would tell them not to look at us any differently.”