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Daily Newburyport News: Seabrook girl named a ‘Champion Among Children’

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Staff writer

SEABROOK — When Seabrook Middle School nurse Helen Cataford got an email from the Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions asking if she knew of an amazing kid to nominate for the Champions Among Children award, her reaction was immediate.

“As soon as I read that email, I thought of Erin,” Cataford said yesterday. “She’s amazing.”

Cataford speaks glowingly of Erin O’Hara, a 12-year-old, seventh-grader at SMS, who lives her life to the fullest every day, not even acknowledging the huge amount of energy it takes to do that. Born two and a half months early and weighing only 3 pounds, 9 ounces, Erin first fought to stay alive, then braved the hurdles cerebral palsy throws in her path. Although the condition challenges her every day, Erin is determined not only to overcome but also to help others who face challenges.