Many children with cerebral palsy choose to take up physical challenges that push them to succeed over their disability. Here is an example from Las Vegas. NBC 3 News reports.
Philomena Hawkins managed to do the Las Vegas Great Santa Run in 38 minutes using her walker. The distance for the run is 1.6 miles. Philomena has cerebral palsy.
This isn’t the first time she has done the run, but it is the first time that she has received a time of under one hour. She started preparing for the event in March by working on her core muscles and practicing walking to a nearby Starbucks.
Seven years ago, she participated in the run and it took her over an hour to complete the course. That’s why she set a goal of a sub-60 minute time for this year. Needless to say, she crushed it.
She also raised $7000 in donations from people around the world supporting her run and a charity called Opportunity Village. Philomena wants to participate in more walks and improve her times.
Regular exercise can help people with CP to balance out their motor skills and improve their quality of life. We hope that other children with CP take up exercise after reading about this examples and others on our website.