In 1981, they were blessed with their only
child, Clinton Brown III (affectionately known as CB3), who was born
with diastrophic dysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism.
Cheryl has said that when Clinton came into their lives, she
began to look at life differently. She
and Clint spent numerous days and months in hospitals where
Throughout life, they assisted him and were by his side as he developed skills to make his own way in a world designed for people of taller stature. Receiving unconditional support from family, friends, co-workers, doctors, nurses and acquaintances, Cheryl found purpose and meaning to her life. She found the value of giving back.
As Cheryl’s friend since 9th grade,
I can honestly say she was doing just that all along, she just didn’t
realize it! Cheryl’s
kindness and generosity of spirit was a huge part of who she was even as
a teenager. She and
Clint taught their son, by example, to be a caring, giving and
productive human being.
Cheryl taught her son
well. The Brown’s became
active with the Little People of
Together, Cheryl and
Clinton worked tirelessly and were able to raise well over $130,000 to
support the LPA’s annual conference held this past July on the
He is a worldwide
competitor in the Dwarf Athletic Association Of
As president and
General Manager, he encourages the team to “educate, inspire and
motivate” others by displaying their talents on the court and talking
about life lessons off the court. One
of the team motto’s is “Losers make excuses, Winners find
Cheryl’s influence continues to have a ripple
effect. Her zest for life is
contagious and anyone whose life she touches is a better person for it.
Cheryl Gries Brown epitomizes the type of person that