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WJBF EXTRA: Young Man Not Letting Disability Stop Realization Of His Dreams

By Chris Kane

"He is so inspiring in all that he does," said Family Y Community Relations Director Millie Schumacher.

"He has constantly been one to push himself..want to do better..want to do the next thing," said Corbin McKenzie's mom, Michelle Claeys.

"He is going to be one of those young people that is gonna do anything he puts his mind too," said Schumacher.

His face is usually the first one people see at the Wilson Family Y. "You all have a wonderful day," says Corbin McKenzie.

Nobody at the Y loves his job more than Corbin Mckenzie.

"I volunteered every day for a solid year, just so I could prove to the Y that I was worthy of having the job and I think I did," said McKenzie.
"It goes the other way, there ya go," said McKenzie.

"He is such a great asset to our organization and is so much an embodyment of what the Y is all about and that is that inclusiveness and making people stronger just by coming in contact with him," said Schumacher. "We want 20 more just like him."

At the Family Y, there is only one Corbin. Born with cerebral palsy, he refuses to let his disability get him down.

"Can you walk," says a child to Corbin. McKenzie responds, "No, but I can talk. God made me this way. I can't walk, but I can do awesome things."

When Corbin isn’t working at the Y, you’ll find him here. Once a player in the Miracle League, the 22-year old Mckenzie is now a coach. "Push yourself Aaron," says McKenzie coaching from the first-base line.

Corbin’s desire to become a head coach intensified when his mentor and good friend, Matt Miklas, died last year. "His mother asked me to take over the miracle league and I told her I would," said McKenzie. "It’s like he’s down there with me. He might not be with me in the physical form, but he’s coaching the kids look up to me."

Whether  he’s coaching in the Miracle League, flashing a friendly smile at the Y or showing off his water skiing skills …Corbin McKenzie lives life to the fullest. "If there’s ever been a mover or shaker in the disabled world, it’s this guy right here," says Corbin's mother, Michelle Claeys. "He makes me proud."

"Just because you have a disability, doesn’t mean anything," said McKenzie. "When it comes down to it, I’m just a normal person."

Matt Miklas Wall of Angels

Fundraising has begun to build the Matt Miklas Wall of Angels to honor the life of Matt, a disabled Miracle League volunteer coach and Y employee who died last year at age 23.  To find out how to contribute or more about the Miracle League Baseball program, call JD McCauley at 706-922-9597

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