Despite physical challenges, Roncalli senior focuses on success



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Roncalli High School senior DJ Glander suffered a debilitating stroke when he was born, has mild cerebral palsy, and has multiple surgeries on his hands, arms, legs and feet so that he can move better. But despite all of this, he's become an accomplished student who was recently recognized for his efforts by the Kiwanis Club. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Roncalli High School senior DJ Glander suffered a debilitating stroke when he was born, has mild cerebral palsy, and has multiple surgeries on his hands, arms, legs and feet so that he can move better. But despite all of this, he's become an accomplished student who was recently recognized for his efforts by the Kiwanis Club. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


The game looked so much different when viewed through the facemask of a football helmet.

For the first time in his high school career, DJ Glander watched his Roncalli Rebels football team with full pads on. He had been the team’s manager since the moment he stepped on campus and worked with them for four years.

As a show of respect on Senior Night, his coaches and teammates invited him to don a uniform and be honored at halftime on the field with his parents.

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