Condition: Cerebral Palsy - Spastic Diplegia
City, State: Aloha, OR
Club: Beaverton Health & Science II Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 4/02/2013
Lorien is a loving, caring and happy 12-year-old girl that lives in Aloha, Oregon. When she was 18 months old, she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Lorien suffers from a spastic diplegia in her legs that impairs her mobility. She uses a walker, and sometimes a wheelchair to get around which makes movement slow and frustrating, yet she strives to enjoy life as fully as any other child.
Lorien has had several surgeries in attempt to help her mobility. At the age of three, her first operation on Christmas Eve was an attempt to take some pressure off her spinal cord. Later, at the age of six, she was operated on again to “lengthen” her Achilles tendons in both of her her legs. This helped her for a while, but as time went on she walked on her toes again. Gradually her feet turned in and she needed a third surgery to correct this. At Shriner's Hospital, a surgeon severed her femurs just below the hips and turned her legs 40 degrees then reconnected them. She continues with horseback riding and other physical therapies to increase her muscle tone and improve her mobility.
Lorien has had a difficult childhood, yet she remains happy and has a good outlook on life. Today, she continues to use a walker to get around and she struggles to achieve good grades at school. She loves all of the things that most 12 year olds like. She especially likes wii fit, her laptop computer, drawing and art. She also loves using her smartphone. When it comes to food, Pasta, Mexican, and chocolate are her favorites! She and her family enjoy museums, traveling, plays, and other enriching experiences. Despite her difficulties, Lorien maintains her happy demeanor and is an inspiration to all that know her well.
Lorien and her family are especially grateful beyond words for the staff and students and staff of HS2. They believe that only good can come from reaching out to others that need help. They want to thank each of you from the bottom of their hearts.
Thank you HS2!!!
YOU can make a difference in the life of Lorien.