Saturday, March 21, 2009
Jax can climb the 37 steps up to the Super Slide at the public pool, slide down the slide, and splash triumphantly in the deep end of the pool.
Jax has hemiparesis, a weakness on one side of his body. Climbing steps or stairs can be a major challenge for someone with hemiparesis. Just imagine needing to balance and shift your weight, without having total awareness and control of one side of your body. This is an amazing accomplishment for Jax!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Rachelle is currently a sophomore at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) majoring in Physical Education and Exercise Science. During the fall 2008 semester, she taught tennis to underprivileged children at a local community tennis facility. She is currently working as an assistant tennis pro at a nearby country club and will be competing in USTA amateur tennis tournments. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in parks and recreation and become a certified tennis professional.
Rachelle was diagonsed with left hemiplegia at age 4 months with high spasticity. She was diagnosed with seizure disorder at age 4 and took medication until age 16. She had two surgeries in her left heel cord, one at age 3 and a second at age 10. She wore an AFO until age 10. She has a 20% vision fielld cut and had problems with migraines triggered by eye strain.
On-going participation in a variety of sports and physical training are the key factors in overcoming her multiple disabilities.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Medhat and his family recently visited the Great Wall of China. This is a very steep climb and Medhat climbed all the way, taking those steps three at a time! He did lots of walking during the week long vacation. Medhat is not letting his hemiplegia stop him from enjoying life.