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Bradley, Champion from the start

BradleyBradley has been our poster boy for KidsAbility since the Mudpuppy Chase began. He was 2 years old when we first met him. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a very young child, he has used so many services connected with Kidsability. For us on the race committee, we have watched his progress over the years. He first crossed the finish line in his wheelchair; the next year-walker; year 3-holding Mom and Dad's hand; year 4-my hand and then last year he crossed all by himself. What an accomplishment. Thanks to KidsAbility, and the hard work on the part of parents and family, our Bradley is now feeling quite confident walking on his own. Today he continues to seek help from KidsAbility. He attends the seating clinic and the ACS program which helps him write with a tablet. Like so many others, he is one remarkable young man.

Wysdom - KidsAbility Ambassador

One only needs to meet Wysdom to be captivated by his infectious spirit – something remarkable considering the many tribulations of his young life.  As his mother Sasha notes, “I had a high-risk pregnancy  with Wysdom. He was diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome and born prematurely. During the delivery, the doctor had to perform an emergency C-section due to complications that arose with Wysdom’s heart.
Diagnosed with atrioventicular septal defect (AVSD), Wysdom eventually had to have heart surgery at 6 months of age.”
While many people told the family there was little potential for Wysdom, KidsAbility provided the family with hope. “For us, it’s like a one-stop place where we receive the best resources for a child with special needs,” explains Julian, Wysdom’s father. “Over the years, he has received occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy. And as parents, we received the support to help Wysdom reach his full potential.”
In just over 6 years, Wysdom has achieved so many milestones – with KidsAbility at his side. “He walked for the first time at KidsAbility,” states Sasha. “He began talking at KidsAbility. He first rode a bike and swam at KidsAbility. He did so many things that were once thought impossible!”
Yet, it was at KidsAbility School where Wysdom truly blossomed. “KidsAbility School was the best thing for Wysdom,” says Julian. “It was there where he became social and interacted positively with his peers for the first time. He even became a leader in the classroom!”
Today, Wysdom continues to prove all the naysayers wrong. And at KidsAbility, we can’t wait to see where his indomitable spirit will lead him.

Jaimie Phelan & Ben Flanagan

Check out this article from The Record on two of our great local runners!

Well done Jaimie Phelan & Ben Flanagan!  Thank you both for supporting our event this year!

Click here to see the article!