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‘Never take a step for granted’: Ripon High School senior prepares to walk the graduation stage

Ella R Weiske

18-year-old Ella Weiske is pictured beaming as she stands in a Trexo robotic device. She wears a light blue t-shirt that matches the shirts of three peers standing near her. She has light skin, short brown hair, and glasses.

“With the help of a Trexo robotic system, Ella walked for the first time this week.”

High school senior Ella Weiske is living with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which means she generally uses an electric wheelchair for mobility and does not walk independently. A cutting-edge Trexo device gave her a glimpse at a more mobile future – including the ability to walk across the stage at her graduation.

Her community rallied to fund this critical need, raising over $40,000 in her honor.

A Help Hope Live Campaign Page screenshot for Ella R Weiske. Ella's circular photo shows her light skin, big smile, brown glasses, and short curly brown hair with bangs. Her page reads Verified. Ripon, WI. North-Central Catastrophic Illness Fund. $40,601 of $40,000 goal.

In addition to giving Ella greater upright mobility, the Trexo can potentially have health impacts such as increasing bone density, allowing for easier breathing and swallowing, and improving sleep.

Written by Emily Progin