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In circumstances like those in which Gadi’s parents found themselves after the birth of their darling boy, community often becomes more important to many of us than ever before. Gadi was born premature at 31 weeks. After spending 4.5 weeks in the NICU, he was sent home with his parents Sylvia and Aron, the doctors assuring them that everything was fine. While they were thrilled to have their baby home, Sylvia and Aron noticed that something was not quite right with his development. Gadi’s pediatrician explained that Gadi’s issues were due to being born early and told his parents everything would get easier, but that simply was not happening. Sylvia says, “After taking him for an early intervention evaluation and to several specialists, we finally got some answers.”
When their son Gadi was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) at seven months old, Sylvia remembers feeling “very lost and alone. It was not easy for us to ask for or take any help, but when I finally made the call I was glad I did. Chai Lifeline made us feel like we belonged and gave us the support we needed.”
Photos care of @lifewithgadi IG
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