Grant Allows Rolesville Charity to Grow, Lets Research Progress

Paralysis can strike Rolesville preschooler Matthew Wuchich at any time.

There is no visible warning, but the 4-year old can sense when it’s coming. Just before the seizure shuts down one side of his body, Matthew looks down.

“Bye-bye, arm,” he says.

Matthew was born with alternating hemiplegia of childhood, a permanent disorder that causes temporary paralysis of one or more limbs that can last minutes or days. His big brown eyes helped win the nonprofit AHC Foundation $250,000 in the online Pepsi Refresh grant competition last year.

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