One thing I’ve learned over the years is that bikers are some of THE most charitable people. If there is a cause and they can help, they come together.
I just learned about this event for a sweet young girl named Athena. Athena has cerebral palsy and there is a life-changing surgery that could help her walk. Here is the info, pass it on to your brothers and sisters on bikes and if you can help and take part that would be fantastic…
Help Athena 2 Walk
We Need Your Help :
We are trying to raise $120,000 to help pay for a life-changing surgery – Selective Dorsal
Rhizotomy (SDR), that will be performed by Dr. TS Park, at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. This
surgery will help improve Athena’s life and allow her to live it to the fullest, by giving her the
chance to walk independently.
About Athena :
Athena, has cerebral palsy – spastic triplegia. Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type
and is caused by injury to the motor cortex. Spastic muscles are tight and stiff, which limits ease
of movement. Spasticity may be very mild and affect only a few movements, or it can affect the
whole body. For Athena, cerebral palsy affected both of her legs and one arm.
Just recently, we accidentally learned about SDR from a woman at our gym. Based on our
research and from testimonials, we believe that SDR in St. Louis is the best choice for Athena.
The technique that is used in St. Louis is less invasive than other SDR surgeries. It will help to
permanently reduce the spasticity in Athena’s body and will allow her to have more ease of
movement. Most importantly, it will give Athena the opportunity to walk independently.
Athena is 9 years old and starts every day with a big and beautiful smile. Despite her gross and
fine-motor challenges, she still manages to keep her big brother busy. Currently, in order for her
to be mobile and to accomplish even the simplest of tasks independently, she must use either a
walker or a wheelchair.
Athena has gone through many years of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, painful Botox
injections, bracing, and serial casting. Through it all, Athena has shown courage, strength, and
determination. Her zest for life affects all of those around her and she is an inspiration to many.
About Athena’s Family :
We (Athena’s mom, Fiona, and her partner, Jim) try to give back to the CP community, by
organizing a motorcycle charity ride each summer, to raise funds for The Ontario Federation for
Cerebral Palsy – assistive devices program. We also help to raise awareness about those living
with cerebral palsy and promote the OFCP’s Helpcycle program, that provides free home pick
up of much needed items.
This year we will be hosting our motorcycle ride again – Athena’s Ride 2 Walk, on June 25,
2017. We have two registration points, one in Richmond Hill at Roberto’s Bakery and the other
in Toronto at El Almacen. Our final destination will be at ResurrecXion Cycles / Mena Custom
Cycles. We look forward to a great day of riding and would appreciate any support.
Go Fund Me:
Athena’s Ride 2 Walk