The Gift of Independence

“Being a teenager is hard. Being a teenager with spina bifida has its share of unique challenges. When Gramm was little, it was exciting to see his independence and skills grow . . . to take those first few steps, to use a walker, to walk with single pole canes. Now, as a growing teenager, the “gains” aren’t quite so visible, but the intensive physical therapy he receives is even MORE valuable.

As Gramm grows taller and heavier, his body is constantly “relearning” how to balance and walk. We work hard at physical therapy to keep his level of strength greater than what he currently needs so that when his growth spurt hits, his abilities don’t change and independence isn’t lost.

As a teen, Gramm is still walking with single pole canes. A blessing to be sure, and one Family Hope Foundation has had a hand in creating. Thank you for the scholarship that allows us to continue Gramm’s hard work at 1+1 Therapy, keeping Gramm as independent and healthy as possible.

Thank you for sticking with us through these trying teenage years!”

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