Tanner and Duncan Winburn, ages 17 and 21

Photograph by Janice Sanford (2020)

Duncan Winburn is currently attending Furman University. He is majoring in Sociology and aspires to be a policymaker to help underserved communities, particularly the disabled community.

Duncan has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy and was born without the ability to walk. He had back surgery when he was very young and has worked diligently to be able to do as much as he can independently. He is a very intelligent and driven young man who may be a little shy but is a caring friend. Duncan’s smile can light a room. When he is not studying, Duncan likes to play video games and watch TV, especially in the company of his family.

Duncan’s brother Tanner is also a part of this year’s LOOK! event. When asked why they were interested in participating, they said “We want people to see people with disabilities for who they truly are. Disabilities are a bit of a taboo subject, especially among people who do not have much contact with them. The LOOK! event can help those people realize that we are not very different inside.”

The Winburn family adopted Tanner in 2018. Tanner is a funny, loving, caring member of their family. He has a dog named Weston whom he loves very much, and he takes very good care of a grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease. He is courageous and wants to be a firefighter.
Tanner likes to play video games and watch movies with his new family. He is an artist in a variety of ways and an accomplished drummer who plays in a band. Drummer Jay Weinberg is his musical role model. 

Tanner was born with a foot deformity, and his lower leg was amputated when he was young. He has a prosthetic leg, but even when he does not wear it, he is capable of doing almost anything anyone else can do.

Family Connection of South Carolina provides services and resources to families who have a child with a disability or specialized healthcare need. Since 1990 we have served more than 100,000 families and today our services are needed more than ever. We focus on parent-to-parent support, guidance with navigating the complex healthcare system, and assistance with school meetings and special education plans.

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