Illinois boy, US senator inspire fellow stroke victims with their odd-couple friendship

  • by: KERRY LESTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 2:05 PM

OAKWOOD, Ill. — Jackson Cunningham lurches across the gym during a recess game, racing a fellow sixth-grader toward a doorstop tossed onto the floor. His right side is outstretched, but his left side trails behind — a lingering effect of the paralysis he has endured since suffering a stroke in 2011.

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