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"They Called Me 'The Little Engine That Could'"
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 5, 2003

BILLINGS, MONTANA--When she was born 25 years ago, Bobbie Sullivan's parents were told not to expect too much of their daughter, who has cerebral palsy. For instance, they were told she might never learn to read or write.

But they kept her in the same school with other kids her age and treated her like they would any other kid her age.

This coming August, Sullivan will graduate from Montana State University-Billings with a master's degree in social work . . . and a 3.8 out of 4.0 grade point average.

The graduation is just two weeks after she and her fiancée are set to be married.

"I don't feel sorry for me," Sullivan told the Billings Gazette. "I consider this whole thing a gift."

"My disability has helped me appreciate my life more."

"Taking struggles in stride" (Billings Gazette)


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