US Senator Mark Kirk and an 11-year-old central Illinois boy have become pen pals after both suffered strokes. The Highland Park Republican's office is releasing a series of letters between Kirk and Jackson Cunningham of Oakwood. Jackson first wrote the senator in February of 2012, three weeks after Kirk suffered an ischemic stroke. Jackson suffered a stroke the year before. He was partially paralyzed on the right side of his body. The pair exchanged dozens of letters in which Jackson briefed Kirk on his progress in therapy, home and school. Jackson advised Kirk to "not give up" on himself. He told Kirk all of his therapy paid off. Kirk nicknamed Jackson "little cabbage." Kirk's spokesman says Jackson has visited the senator at his Highland Park home and later in Washington.
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