helping children with Cerebral Palsy
My daughter is 5 years old and has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. She is not able to sit independently, stand or walk. We attended Europeds for the first time when she was 2.5 and after 2 weeks she was able to roll, commando crawl, and follow one step commands using her right and left. These are things the professionals told me she would never do. This trip taught me to hold on to hope for Adriana and to believe that anything is possible. Since then, we have returned 6 times. In April of 2007 she took her first independent steps in a gait trainer...her first steps towards physical independence. Without this intense therapy and ongoing home exercise program, Adriana would remain trapped in her own body. Instead, she makes great strides towards walking with assistance. The number one reason Adriana is making the physical gains the doctors told us she would never make is because of this therapy. It is vital to the quality of her life and her ability to live an independent life one day. Taken from Adriana's Mom-Patty Lyons
"Without the generosity of the Luke Billings Foundation, and others like it, Adriana would not be able to recieve this life improving therapy. Thank you, Billings family, and thank you to your donors!" Patty Lyons
Patty Lyons is a parent and founding member of Public Relations & Programming for CP Parent Columbus, A Family Resource Group for Cerebral Palsy/Reaching for the Stars Central Ohio Chapter.