In a crowded banquet hall at Baton Rouge’s Renaissance Hotel, Jerry Traylor recently showed his audience a picture of himself as a boy. In the photo, Traylor, who was born with cerebral palsy, wears heavy leg braces and a big smile. “I was smiling because I knew I could move forward,” said Traylor. “That’s made possible by people like you.”
Traylor, a motivational speaker who’s finished 28 marathons and climbed Pike’s Peak — feats undertaken while using crutches — was born in 1954, the same year that Baton Rouge’s McMains Children’s Developmental Center first opened its doors. Traylor, a native of Nebraska, was in town for a breakfast gathering to honor the work of the center, a nonprofit that’s helped thousands of disabled children in a 12-parish area.
We salute the center’s efforts, and we urge residents to support its mission.