Meet Lauren. She's a beautiful, selfless, kind-hearted teenage powerhouse who has been courageous her entire life. She was born weighing just 14oz, and has been fighting for life every single day since. She was diagnosed with CP at the age of one, but has never let that stop her.
Since she was a toddler, Lauren has been an inspiration to all, fighting through every obstacle in her way. As part of living with CP, she has been through more adversity at her age than most people face their entire lives, including:
- Multiple surgeries
- Relearning learning how to walk 8 times throughout her life
- Scrapes and cuts from falling as she struggled for independence from her walker and wheelchair
- Bracing and casts on both legs at the same time
- Countless hours of traditional therapy
- Hundreds of therapeutic Botox injections on her entire legs
- Intolerance and cruelty from bullies and others who do not accept Lauren for the inspirational person she is
- Fear of how CP will continue to affect her life in the future
When she was 12 years old Lauren attended her first cerebral palsy (CP) awareness meeting only find out that there was no federal funding for CP research. Lauren then decided that she'd be the voice for those who didn't have one. Her goal is to help others who may be struggling with CP, and inspire them through action and she won't stop until she does just that.
Later that same year she began a type of physical therapy known as the Symptom Recovery Model - an aggressive treatment plan for those with CP. Lauren believes that this therapy is the reason that she is no longer in her wheelchair and walker, and is able to walk so well - and continue to make amazing progress on a daily basis. In fact, she's progressing so well that she has now fulfilled one of her dreams by ballroom dancing!
Her passion to help others inspired the creation of the Make Lemon Aide Foundation for Cerebral Palsy (CP).