Chris Rupinsky's life has "changed dramatically," his mom says.
After complications at birth, he was rushed to a neonatal clinic where he experienced seizures. Two weeks after birth, he was permitted to go home to his parents, George and Barb, and three younger siblings.
"We knew he would have difficulties, but thought he would catch up," Barb says. But after some time, it became apparent that Chris was going to need more help than most. "He has epilepsy, diabetes, anxiety, and anger issues."
Chris was in various schools throughout his adolescence, including Fairhaven School, administered by the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities. "The people that worked with him really made things good for him," Barb says.