For seven-year-old Emily, life is pretty good. Although she has cerebral palsy (CP), Emily is a happy, active child with lots of friends and, thanks to assistance from Easter Seals Ontario, she is able to be fairly independent and mobile.
When Emily was five months old her mom, Paula, first noticed that Emily wasn’t moving around the same as other babies her age. Doctors suspected something was wrong and were able to confirm that she had cerebral palsy when she was nine months old. In addition to CP, Emily has a learning disability and “needs a lot of help to keep up with other children her age, particularly with reading,” says Paula.
Despite her challenges Emily is determined to be independent. She dresses and feeds herself, and loves to play soccer and other games with friends at school and in her neighbourhood. She also loves to swim but for her parents, swimming lessons are financially out of reach.
Over the years, Easter Seals has provided funding to help purchase a stander, stroller, ankle-foot orthotics, a bath lift and grab bars, a wheelchair and a walker for Emily. And, her parents couldn’t be more thankful. “We could not afford this equipment on our own,” adds Paula. “Emily had to go three months without the braces she needed to walk because we couldn’t afford them.”
Thanks to Easter Seals’ donors, Emily has the equipment she needs to lead as normal a life as possible.
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