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The Adam Taliaferro Resiliency Award presented in York County

The Adam Taliaferro Resiliency Award is named after the Penn State football player who was tragically paralyzed during a game.

Doctors said he would never walk again but he overcame the odds and has led a successful life as an attorney and motivational speaker.

This year’s award recipient was Central York High’s senior Cody Lehmann. The senior was born with a rare condition called “Niikawa Kuroki Syndrome” or also know as “Kabuki Syndrome” threatening his life at a young age.

Cody has undergone 17 surgeries including open heart surgery and placed on a feeding tube for close to two years.

On Monday, Lehmann’s school surprised him with the Adam Taliaferro Resiliency Award. Despite all his struggles, Cody was still a manager for the football, basketball and baseball teams throughout his high school career.

Former Penn State wrestler Rohan Murphy was the speaker at this event. Murphy has no legs but showed the students they can overcome the odds as long as you don’t make excuses when trying to reach their goals.

Cody says he hopes to continue to stay in the sports  world after graduation, he would like to be a coach or a job in television sports broadcasting.

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10 Comments to “The Adam Taliaferro Resiliency Award presented in York County”

    Nicole Wynne said:
    April 9, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Congratulations Cody, Skip, Annie and your whole family! What a moment to remember! We can't wait to see you this summer!

    Sue Ellen said:
    April 9, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Congratulations Cody you are truely a hero! Skip and Annie how proud you must be..See you soon
    Sue Ellen

    Matt Laprino said:
    April 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    congratulations Cody! I could not be prouder. ONCE A GATOR…!

    Lisa Bornt-Davis said:
    April 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Congratulations Cody! This is so inspiring and so well DESERVED.

    Tim Law said:
    April 9, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Awesome Annie, Skip and Cody!
    Very well deserved!

    Helen Cardillo said:
    April 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    What an inspiring story! Congratulations!!

    Christina said:
    April 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Wow are we all so proud of Cody! Congratulations Cody, what a fantastic honor and you deserve it. Keep up the good work.

    Sarah Sepot said:
    April 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Congratulations, Cody! What a great young man you have grown up to be! Ann & Skip, I miss you!!

    Fran Fogarty said:
    April 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Dear Annie and Skip,
    Just got wind of this wonderful tribute to Cody. What an honor and how excited and happy you all must be. I wish Cody all the best and of course to you too.

    Carol Johnson said:
    April 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Wow, Cody!! What a good news story!! AND you certainly deserve it!! Love – Carol

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