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Hudson twins overcome Cerebral Palsy by staying active

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This week freshman Jade Alexander spends her afternoons practicing for cheer tryouts at Hudson High School.

"It's your dream you can do it," said Jade.

The 16-year-old's family says doctors didn't expect her to live past 16 weeks.

 "She's a little dynamite now you wouldn't know it," said Debbie Alexander, Grandmother.

Jade and her twin brother Josh were born 12 weeks premature, Josh weighed two pounds and seven ounces and Jade only weighed one pound and two ounces.

At two years old they were diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder, for Jade and Josh that means brain impulses don't register correctly with their muscles.

 "She couldn't stand on her legs they were like jelly and Josh would be stiff as a board," said Debbie.

But Jade and Josh didn't let their condition stop them from pursuing their passions.

Jade started cheerleading at six-years-old and spends time riding horses.

Josh spends his time experimenting with music production and managing the school basketball team.

"I really don't like other people doing stuff for me. It's just day to day life, it's about adapting to it," said Josh.

The twins say reaction from others is always challenging but their true friends don't treat them like their any different.

"People look at him like what's wrong with him but our friends are pretty understanding they don't care, some of them don't even know," said Jade.

Between the two of them Josh and Jade have had about 17 surgeries and they put in work daily to follow their dreams, with nothing holding them back.

 "If something pushes you down get back up from it," said Josh

"Just don't give up, if you have a goal just go for it don't let anybody tell you any different," said Jade.

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