Digital Space Travel for James Westbrook

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"When the design team for ABC-TV's hit show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" asked 9-year-old James Westbrook what his favorite activities included, playing and designing videogames were at the top of his list," starts the April 18, 2007 press release from Insomniac Games. Now James - digitally reproduced - commands his own spaceship in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction(TM). He didn't come by that honor the easy way:

The Westbrook family has been hard hit by two separate incidents. In April 2004, then-SFC Gene Westbrook was hit by a mortar at an American camp mess hall in Baghdad, Iraq. The attack left Westbrook paralyzed. Then, last July, another accident shook the family. While en route to visit friends in Oklahoma, the family van lost control, touched an oncoming vehicle, and flipped into a ditch. The accident left James paralyzed and caused internal injuries to one of two Westbrook daughters, who later lost a kidney. The day after the accident, Gene Westbrook suffered a stroke, leaving him with further damage to his right arm and some memory loss. Peggy Westbrook recovered quickly from the accident to take on the daunting task of trying to rehabilitate both her husband and son while raising the rest of the family. That task was made ever more difficult because the family had to maneuver two wheelchairs around their ranch home, which was not designed to be wheelchair accessible.

"We're always touched by and grateful for what companies like Insomniac Games can accomplish, especially in such a short time period, to support the families featured on the show," said Denise Cramsey, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" executive producer. "It's inspiring to see so many diverse organizations invest the time to make such profound differences in other people's lives."

http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainment/20070418/LAW00618042007-1.html

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