“Brain damage can be a precursor to cerebral palsy”
Brycen is only 4 years old and already he embodies the essence of a Hero. He is well spoken, kind, smart, and has been diagnosed with brain damage in addition to cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is characterized by conditions that are mainly orthopedic in nature. These include impairment of motor function, primarily affecting body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture, and balance. Cerebral palsy can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and oral motor functioning. There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but treatment can greatly improve a child’s abilities.
It is Brycen’s unwavering resolve and positive attitude in the face of adversity that make him a true Hero. For instance, to assist Brycen’s mobility, he wears braces. These devices help him by stretching his muscles that are usually over-flexed and are invaluable in aiding his overall motor capabilities. He is learning new ways to accomplish tasks that challenge him. Often times Brycen’s braces keep him at a slower pace than other students, but he does not allow it to defeat him. He may fall, but quickly stands right back up more determined to keep going. According to his nominating Child Life specialist, Brycen’s “fighting spirit makes him a champion,” and “his amazing soul is a constant reminder that often times slow and steady wins the race.”
It is with great pride that we honor Brycen’s incredible bravery and strong perseverance by recognizing him as Kid’s Wish Network’s along with Kids Unlimited Learning Academy’s Hero of the Month. Way to go, Brycen!