Sunday, July 10, 2011

Skating Mom Helps Son with Autism Soar

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- "Fiend Club," Lyra Stephens' roller derby persona, is a dark, fierce competitor, circling the rink fighting for the Deadutantes in bouts all over the South. She's the captain of the team, which is part of the only derby league in Montgomery, Ala., the River Region Rollergirls.
Derby is her passion and her stress-buster. It's fun. It's serious, physical business. She's willing to get hurt.
But when she's simply Lyra, she's also the mom of 5-year-old Sewell, who at age 2 was diagnosed with autism.

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