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Third grader Orlando does more before school starts than most children do all day. Like most kids, the 10-year-old has trouble waking up in the morning. Unlike most kids, Orlando then gets dressed, makes up the couch where he sleeps, and makes breakfast for his mom, Awilda.

Awilda is deaf and suffers from multiple sclerosis. Confined to a wheelchair, she relies on Orlando for help. "I like my mom happy when I cook for her," he says.

Once he knows his mom has what she needs, Orlando kisses her goodbye and heads off to his elementary school.
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FROM: Childhood Interrupted
Published on October 20, 2006

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