Turn Center, March 2014
Brendon was born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect in which the bones of the spine (vertebrae) do not form properly around the spinal cord, and has paraplegia as a result. The 15-year-old spends most of his time in a wheelchair and wears large leg braces from his ankles to his knees, but this does not slow him down. Brendon is able to walk short distances using a gait trainer and stands with the support of a standing frame. He has very strong arms and is able to transfer to and from his wheelchair with only standby assistance, and he propels his manual wheelchair independently in his community and at school
Brendon is a bright young man who is very motivated and optimistic. The staffs at his middle school speak very highly of his character and often brag about what an inspiration he is to students and staff alike. He will be starting high school next fall and hopes to become a school counselor to help other students succeed.
“Brendon is an amazing young man who consistently demonstrates strength of character despite difficulties in his life,” writes Brooke Pace, one of Brendon’s physical therapists at the Turn Center. “He is very independent and never focuses on his limitations.”
Because of Brendon’s ongoing hard work and positive attitude despite many hardships in life, Kids Wish Network and the Turn Center are proud to honor him as a Hero of the Month.
Facility: Turn Center