Condition: Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
City, State: OR
Club: North Medford High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 868
Date Adopted: 4/21/2008

Crystal's Story:
(10/20/09) Crystal is 6 years old and suffers from a rare form of cerebral palsy called "ataxic cerebral palsy," which is caused by damage to the cerebellum. This form of CP affects all of Crystal's muscles, making balance and coordination extremely difficult at times, and it also affects her speech. Crystal has epilepsy (which is commonly a part of CP) and currently takes medication to help control seizures. In addition, Crystal has a slight clubfoot (which she often wears a brace for), but has learned to walk despite doctors telling her parents that she never would without a walker. In spite of all of her struggles, Crystal is a very sweet, very affectionate little girl that seems to have a way of melting people's hearts. She loves music, likes to dance (in her own way) and loves being around people.


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