Hanna's Story

"If Hanna were a Superhero, I am pretty sure she would be the Silver Surfer. Like the Silver Surfer Hanna also has superhuman strength and endurance." - Christina, Hanna's Mom

If Hanna was a Superhero, which one would she be?
If Hanna were a Superhero she would probably say she's Pinkgirl, but I am pretty sure she would be the Silver Surfer. She has the magical ability to absorb and manipulate the universe's ambient energy, she captures your attention as soon as she walks in a room. Like the Silver Surfer Hanna also has superhuman strength and endurance.

What are some of the challenges you face as the parent of a child with special needs?
Hanna had a healthy and normal gestation, but a wrapped nuchal chord during her natural delivery resulted in a sixty second lack of oxygen that would change all of our lives forever. Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy is how it is defined. The most challenging part of being a "special" parent for us is time and money, especially going from a two income household down to one, while medical bills piled on.  We are fortunate to have other family members that help Hanna. Indeed, It takes a village. 

What are you most proud of?
I am so proud of all of us. We have found a way to not just survive what happened but to thrive, to find joy and stay optimistic.  It's not an easy task, but Hanna is so determined and strong she makes any challenge seem effortless. Her magnetic smile and contagious laughter reminds us to stay grateful. In truth, we almost lost her.  It's a miracle that we get to have her and be inspired by her unrelenting ambition to move forward. She is our Superhero.

Why is it important for people to support CECO?
This center is in need of your support. It is the only place of it's kind in all of our United States for children with motor disabilities. Parents flock from all over the country to try and get their kids here and all funds will be going to help reduce tuition and provide scholarships. In my opinion, it is a National treasure. Please give generously and if our story moves you, mark "Team Simko" in the comments section, we could really use the help.
 

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