If you haven’t yet heard of Mighty Miss Maya, you may want to check the inspiration meter of your social media feeds. Her first steps have been hopping, skipping, and jumping all over the web, restoring faith in the indomitable human spirit. The fact that Maya was wearing PLAE shoes when she took those first few steps tickles us way past pink - not only do we love it when our shoes hug little feetsies taking their first steps wherever and whenever they take them, but we take pride in helping to support developing bodies as they find their strength and balance the way Maya is doing now.
Photos care of Ann Tisdale
Nicole was devastated when her son Casper was diagnosed with clubfoot in week 20 of her pregnancy. She kept telling herself, “It could be worse,” but she was simultaneously eager to get his treatment over and done with so she and her family could move on with their lives and never have to think about it again. After all, her doctors had assured her it would be an “easy fix."
Photos care of Nicole Bytnerowics
Only one year ago, in July of 2017, a conference was held for families and individuals impacted by a chromosome 17q12 disorder. Those in attendance had come from all corners of the United States and were just meeting for the first time at the conference, but they shared common goals and quickly formed a board consisting of four parents and a genetic counselor. Within six months, they received the official 501(c)3 designation from the IRS to operate as a nonprofit organization by the name 17q12 Foundation.
Photos care of Liz Fourie