One Step at a Time...

Many of you have already met Miss A, and if you haven’t, anyone could tell you how bright and beautiful she is. Miss A has faced many challenges and walking is just one of those challenges she is determined to master. Cerebral Palsy is simply a diagnosis, it does not define this free-spirited young lady.

Recently, one of our volunteers took it upon herself to assist Miss A with this goal. Jo Ann Davidson, this particular volunteer, contacted a physiotherapist back home who suggested creating a walker out of PVC pipe. Using a picture from this physiotherapist, Jo Ann took Miss A’s measurements and drew a blue print for one of the staff to follow. It took less than a day before Georges Gauvreu had the PVC pipe cut and the walker assembled.

Miss A’s current volunteer, Ashley Lackore, had already been working on supportive exercises provided by a physiotherapy team (Wheeling Jesuit) that develops care plans for several of the children here at GLA. With the hard work of Ashley, Miss A was taking up to 6 steps independently but still lacking the confidence and posture to advance further independently. As a result of the collaborated efforts of this great bunch, Miss A is now able to freely explore the world around her. Living proof that it takes a village to raise a child…

5 comments (Add your own)

1. amy smith wrote:
This is JUST awesome! What a gift you have given her!!

Wed, November 5, 2014 @ 6:31 PM

2. wrote:
This is so great. When I was her volunteer in May, she was so wanting to walk but just couldn't manage it alone. She would walk with pushing a toy with wheels until it started going too fast for her to keep up. It makes me so happy that she can explore on her own now.

Thu, November 6, 2014 @ 7:48 AM

3. Linda Dykstra wrote:
well Miss Ashley L. It looks like you are hard at work. Very cold in Canada. Hope you are doing well my dear.

Fri, November 7, 2014 @ 8:56 AM

4. Kelly D wrote:
this is so stinking awesome!!!

Thanks to all who have been helping her!!!

Keep up the awesome work Miss A!!!


Auntie Kelly

((((((Miss A)))))

Fri, November 7, 2014 @ 10:14 PM

5. janka wrote:

Sat, November 8, 2014 @ 10:25 AM

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