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In Catalina, a family laughs through its struggles
Dave Perry / The Explorer, The hands of Jo Ann Spencer and her sons Spencer and Benjamin reflect the rigors of their lives, and their unchallenged love for one another.
Dave Perry / The Explorer, Jo Ann Spencer, center, and her sons Spencer and Benjamin Smith find reasons to laugh despite their struggles. The family, with the young men’s father Michael, lives in Catalina. Spencer and Benjamin, now 20, were born with cerebral palsy, and are wheelchair-bound.