This is Laurel! Laurel was diagnosed with Spastic diplegia cerebral Palsy at the age of 8 months. She is also diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which is an abnormal buildup of fluid in the ventricles (cavities) deep within the brain. This excess fluid causes the ventricles to widen, putting pressure on the brain’s tissues. Laurel had to have brain surgery at 4 weeks old where they had to placed a shunt to alleviate that pressure. Laurel also has strabismus and has had 4 surgeries to help correct but still suffers from central vision impairment, and optic nerve atrophy.
Laurel is currently on her “too many to count” round of Botox injections on her legs and hips, along with serial casting on her ankles (she gets a new set of casts every week for 6 to 8 weeks to help her gain more range of motion in her ankles/feet).
If you know Laurel, you know that she is one of the most active little girls, EVER! She is involved in many physical activities and is also an integral part of her family’s farming business! During the course of farming Season and you will see Laurel all over South Jersey working with her family at their farm stand! However, Laurel is getting too big to carry around and she needs more help than her walker can provide! At this point she requires an All-Terrain wheelchair which can be close to $10,000. When Laurel is able to get her wheelchair, her parents will need to purchase a wheelchair assessible van! Insurance does not cover these cost! A wheel chair assessible van can cost an upward of $100,000. School has also been a challenge for Laurel because of her vision impairment. Insurance does not cover the cost of computers, monitors and computer programs that can assist Laurel with her school work.
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October 8, 2021
To a truly beautiful little girl- inside and out! Thank you for the smiles! Remember-- you truly do have the greatest parents!
October 7, 2021
Happy to be a small part of helping Laurel get her off-road chair! My older brother had CP, and although he’s with the angels now, I want to honor his memory by helping Laurel. It’s a gift to see her loving life! May God bless you, Laurel.
October 5, 2021
Looking forward to meeting Laurel this week through the Flyers Alumni Association's Every Child Deserves a Bike program in conjunction with Help Hope Live. All the best to Laurel and her family!
July 7, 2021
Lets get this little lady a new all-terrain chair!!!!!