Big Steps Ahead

When she was only one, Brooklyn was diagnosed with cerebral palsy by Dr. Hunt at Grandview Children’s Centre. Brooklyn’s mom Julianne didn’t know much about CP at that time and she turned to the staff at Grandview to help her learn more about what to expect for her daughter, and how to best support her.

Brooklyn started physiotherapy at Grandview shortly after her diagnosis. She also went to Campbell Children’s School in senior kindergarten where she was able to attend therapy appointments during her school day, something that was much easier for her mom, Julianne.

When it was time for Brooklyn to transition out of Campbell Children’s School, Grandview helped this charismatic kid make sure she had all the equipment she would need to succeed at her new school.

It was around that time that she appeared in the video for Grandview Kids where she had the chance to experience what it was like to be a pilot.

“Brooklyn absolutely loved having the chance to fly,” says her mom. “She still puts on her pilot hat and jacket sometimes and remembers the fun she had.”

Brooklyn on her first day of school this year.

Since her day in the sky, Brooklyn (now 6) has continued to take steps toward living life to her full potential. She’s learned to put on her own socks, has been moving more independently and walking by herself more often. She enjoys going on jogs with her mom (to race her!) and she’s also been playing sledge hockey and Challenger baseball.

Recently, Brooklyn reached an incredible milestone while she was at the arena while her older brother played hockey. Although she’d never tried to take stairs all on her own before, she decided to do it this day and her dad captured it on camera (watch the video below).

Brooklyn is so proud after walking up stairs for the first time!

This determined Grandview kid is well on her way to living her life to her full potential. Thank you for helping kids like Brooklyn to thrive!