Brock Yarnes, a local 20-year-old diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, has been taking life’s challenges to fuel his drive to leave a mark in this world.
Brock’s caretaker, Christina Paliotta, brings him around town to enjoy life like any other, which is how Brock recently met DJ DopeOne at the Arnot Mall.
“He told us his birthday was Jan. 1, so no better way to start off a new year than by doing a special event for somebody, just a selfless act,” DJ DopeOne, a DJ remixer and producer, said.
Planning began for Brock’s birthday, but with a twist from the initial idea.
“We had originally intended for this to be a fundraiser for Brock, his home isn’t handicap accessible, we were wondering where this money is going to go,” DJ DopeOne said. “Brock had actually made the decision himself to have all proceeds donated to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.”
“What we need to do is ask for help for what kids need, and people are picking on them just like I was (picked on) when I was growing up, I was getting picked on a lot,” Yarnes said. “I’m just sick of it, and it’s time for me to speak for the others.”
Enter Brock’s world, where difficulties in the past serve as the fuel to make differences in the lives of others who may have grown up along similar paths.
Although he may be physically limited, Brock has been breaking that glass ceiling showing the community that a disability is not an inability.
“Someone like Brock, who is so friendly and outgoing, and is so kindhearted, for people to see that side of special needs is going to be so important, especially in this area, to just kind of open up doors and make people feel more comfortable around people like him,” Paliotta said.
One of those doors will be open at 8 p.m. on Jan. 3 at Lando’s Hotel & Lounge in Corning. It’s to celebrate Brock’s 21st birthday and the people he’s taking a stand for.
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