Parker W.

Condition: Cerebral Palsy
City, State: Tigard, OR
Club: Lakeridge High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 3/08/2013

Parker's Story:
Parker and his twin brother, Brady, were born 5 weeks early on October 13, 2009. After what seemed like a normal pregnancy, I was rushed into emergency surgery after a routine ultra sound appointment in which they weren’t able to detect any movement from Parker. He was born 3 lbs. 11oz. and spent 3 weeks in the NICU. He was a strong fighter and the light in his eyes told the world he was here to stay. The doctors sent him home with a great prognosis weighing just barely over 4 lbs.

At about 5 months old, we noticed some differences between the boys. Parker was not doing the things that Brady was doing. At 8 months old he was given an MRI which showed he had suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen at some point, possibly before he was born. At 10 months old he was officially diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP). The doctors were not optimistic that he would walk, talk or even sit up on his own, although he is bound and determined to prove them wrong.

Parker is so much more than a diagnosis. He is a little boy that shines with love and laughter. His strength and determination inspire me every day. He may not be able to speak yet, but he has a great sense of humor and his laughter is contagious. He loves music (especially Dave Matthews Band), bubbles, playing in the water, and rough housing with his dad and brothers. He likes to watch football on T.V. and is a diehard Lakeridge Pacer fan since his daddy coaches football, basketball and track there. 

Parker is involved with many different therapies, most of which are not covered by insurance. He has an average of 5 appointments a week, which is not only physically draining, but financially as well. He does speech and occupational therapy weekly. He also recently started Hippotherapy, which is physical therapy using horseback riding. However, his most success has come from ABM therapy. Parker has been able to make two trips down to San Rafael, California for this therapy and we hope to be able to make more trips this year.

We feel so fortunate and humbled that the district we both work in is going to support our sweet little Parker. Lakeridge High School has amazing students, staff and family and we want to thank them for giving us this opportunity. With the support of family, friends and community we know that Parker’s future will be filled with many good things, but most of all we know his future will be filled with love. Thank you.

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