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"There's nothing better in my life than meeting kids like Fuxia," says Foley.
They both suffer from Arthrogryposis, a joint disorder that often leaves limbs with limited development and mobility. For Ward, it made for a painful childhood.
"People used to call me a cripple or Frankenstein or monkey ward," says Foley.
The pain wasn't just emotional. He had dozens of surgeries and muscle transplants to fix his joints. A world away and a few decades later, Fuxia, who was born in China, and spent his childhood in an orphanage.
"He didn't really have any physical therapy, he didn't have any accommodations really, not even a wheelchair until he was about 7," says Anna Caudill.
That is, until he was adopted by Caudill and brought to the U.S. Now he's a bright 7th grader at Freedom Middle School, who builds his robots and has dreams of going to Space Camp.
"I'm really, really, really excited," says Fuxia.
He can't go unless he can take care of himself. Rather than give up, he's strengthening his arms and hands.
"More stuff I could do by myself like washing, take a shower, lay clothes out by myself," says Fuxia.
His mom says breaking barriers is just part of who he is.
"He's gone from not having been ever expected to walk to walking with a walker," says Anna. "The orthopedist thinks he'll walk without even crutches someday."
If the Scarman can do it, so can he.
"I hope it inspires him just by me being me and him being him," says Foley. "He's just such a wonderful kid and he will make it to Space Camp."
The Scarman really does have an incredible story, having survived over 40 surgeries and a few life-threatening accidents. If you'd like to learn more about him, we have an extended interview on our website. Just go to Fox17.com and look for the RAW NEWS section.
Wednesday, December 12 2012, 09:57 PM CST
State officials to hold seat belt campaign event
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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) -- The Governor's Highway Safety Office plans to announce its "Click It or Ticket" campaign on Friday.
The event is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. at the Robertson County Courthouse in Springfield.
Nationally, statistics show seat belt use increased significantly in 2012 as compared to 2011 among drivers, right-front passengers and backseat occupants.
However, officials say more than 400 of Tennessee's crash fatalities last year involved unrestrained drivers or passengers.
The Governor's Highway Safety Office urges all motorists to buckle up.
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