Cerebral palsy doing little to slow down determined Duffy

  • Atalie Ho Lem assists Charlie Duffy during a physical therapy session on Aug. 9 in Phoenix. The 15-year-old Duffy has cerebral palsy and continues to play softball despite have more than 20 surgeries and medical procedures. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

PHOENIX — Charlie Duffy’s left leg wobbles forward like a half-cooked noodle, her toe missing the mark before the sole shakily slides to the mat. Her brain tells the leg to move sideways next, but the message is garbled, so it starts back before correcting.