Condition: Cerebral Palsy
City, State: Bellevue, WA
Club: Medina Elementary School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 1/20/2015
Jesse sees, hears, thinks and feels like nearly every eleven year-old boy in the Greater Seattle area—and has hoped and dreamed of playing football as a Seahawk someday. But unlike most, he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP) at infancy. CP affects a person’s brain (cerebral) and the way that they use their muscles (palsy).
Lack of muscle control causes Jesse’s legs to seize stiff much of the time. He wants to move in a certain way and do certain things—but his muscles don’t fully obey. His stomach has had too little tone, making even a simple task like sitting up very difficult. The muscles involved in talking are also greatly affected which cause his speech to be slurred and hard to understand.
But despite these life challenges, Jesse has already been a champion—a Seahawk at heart. After 4 years of physically therapy and 2 rounds of injections into his legs Jesse was finally able to learn how to walk without a walker at age 5. Although he could finally walk, a major reconstructive surgery was needed to straighten his legs and help him walk more balanced.
Being able to walk on his own changed how he could interact with the world around him. Jesse is consistently working on his speech so that he can talk and joke around with how friends. He enjoys hanging out in Crossroads with friends, joking around at the Boys and Girls Club teen center and he crushes at video games.
Jesse still has surgeries and more years of physical therapy ahead. But with his friends, family and the Medina Elementary Community Kids and Sparrow Club behind him, Jesse and his mom know that the brighter day is today, and tomorrow is an opportunity yet to be harnessed. They both are excited that Jesse will be the inspiration for kids to strive to be champions too!"