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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
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.