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Brenda Rehder, with her 6-year-old son, Coleman, talks about being diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia. Rehder is determined to do what she can to boost research funding, saying, "I just have to do something." (Photo by Carrie Snyder / The Forum)

Rare disorder changes life of Moorhead woman

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MOORHEAD -- Brenda Rehder recently found a note, written in scolding capital letters, left on the dash of her car: "You! are abusing the handicapped parking program. Shame."


To the casual observer, Rehder is the picture of health and vitality: trim, fit, enthusiastic.

But anyone who watches closely can see hints that she has difficulty walking. In fact, she has special shoes equipped with braces to help with her handicap.

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