The Make Lemon Aide Foundation for CP was started by Lauren Walier. Born weighing just 14 oz., Lauren was diagnosed with CP at the age of one – but has never let that stop her from reaching her goals. Thanks to her dedication and treatment plan, she has progressed from needing a wheelchair to fulling one of her dreams of being a ballroom dancer.
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 in her youth than most people face their entire lives, including:
● Multiple surgeries, 26 alone in 2019
● Relearning learning how to walk eight 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 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.