Avon boy finishes Cleveland Triathlon alongside parents; doctors said he'd never walk

Fundraiser helps local children

CLEVELAND - Several hundred people participated in this year's Cleveland Triathlon, however, there were 20 teams that had everyone's attention.

The 20 teams were trying to raise money for the United Cerebral Palsy of Cleveland. They were also raising awareness of UCP by having loved ones stricken by the disorder participate in the triathlon.

Diane and Matt Cox, of Avon, were told their son Benjamin may never walk. He was stricken with cerebral palsy.

"At 3 years old he couldn't sit up on his own. He couldn't play, walk or talk," Matt said.

As he grew older, Benjamin was able to use a walker. By the age of 7, he was able to walk for the first time without the aid of a walker.

Today, Benjamin walked alongside his parents for 1.5 miles to finish the last leg of the triathlon. Other family members handled the biking and swimming portions of the race.

"Ben does things every day that we never thought would be possible," Matt said.

"I'm amazed every day by what he does and I want other people to see this and be amazed as well," Diane said.

The Cox family is hoping to raise $30,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of Cleveland.

With 20 families participating in Sunday's event, the organization's goal is $200,000.

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