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Heroes of the DayApril 2016

Each month, we receive hundreds of submissions from families all over the world, sharing their stories as well as photos of their children. If you would like to feature your child as the Hero of the Day, send us a photo of them to our facebook page.

Jyriah

Jyriah
I would like to nominate my oldest twin daughter, Jyriah, as hero of the day. This is her on the way to prom!!! Truly a blessing to see! She’s beautiful, smart and so kind to others. Her disability isn’t an adjective that describes her. It hasn’t/won’t stop her from living her life to the fullest!
 
 
 
 
 
 

AJ

AJ
My hero of the day is 12-year-old AJ, I’m not sure at how many weeks he was born because I adopted him when he was 2.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Veronica

Veronica
I’d like to nominate my daughter, Veronica, for Hero of the day. She’s 20 years old and the light of our lives. She suffers from CP and seizures. She’s a twin, but sadly her twin sister Samantha passed at birth. She has inspired my wife and I to be better people every day. She’s always smiling and happy no matter how bad her day is. We are blessed to have her in our lives.
 
 
 
 

Thoriq

Thoriq
This is my hero and my son, Thoriq Ar Rasyid, and we are from Tangerang Banten, Indonesia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jackson

Jackson
Jackson is three years old and is the biggest charmer! He has such a strong will and fights through his daily challenges and all of his 38 secondary conditions he has been diagnosed with. Among some of the bigger diagnoses are his cerebral palsy, right hemiplegia from his stroke he had during birth or in utero causing a traumatic brain injury, his anaphylactic allergy to dairy, dysautonomia affecting many of his organs and central nervous system, instability of body temperature regulation, and many other ailments. We have begun feeding therapy this year and he is now VERBAL! He does a very intense program of therapies to battle many things, but gosh all mighty he is moving mountains and making miracles. We have a long way to go, but I am over the moon proud of my buddy. He is my true champion and lucky star.
 
 
 
 

Eva

Eva
It would be great if my granddaughter, Eva, was Hero of the Day. Her birthday is this Saturday, April 23rd, and she will turn three!!! She has overcome all obstacles and has done everything the doctors and specialists said she would never do!!!
 
 
 
 

Andrew

Andrew
Andrew had a stroke at birth and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy at about 18 months old. He is now three years old and has made great strides with the help of therapists, neurologists, and his loving family. He recently started Tae Kwon Do and is kicking CP’s butt!
 
 
 
 

Matty

Matty
This is my brother Matty and I. He just turned 18 and this picture was taken at his birthday party. Matthew is my hero. He was born with cerebral palsy and is fully dependent on care. Although he faces many challenges every day, such as not being able to walk or talk, he never lets it get to his warm spirit. He is the happiest person I know. And for that, I nominate him to be hero of the day.
 
 
 
 

Joey

Joey
I think my brother Joey should be the hero of the day! He’s a giant ball of happiness and loves each and every day! Through any and all struggle, he’s come out on top with a smile that would brighten anyone’s day!
 
 
 
 
 

Becca

Becca
This is my sweet little Becca meditating before karate practice. She and her brother and sister were born at 28 weeks, and Becca was diagnosed with CP when she was 2. She didn’t walk until she was 3 and has gone through several surgeries to help correct her gait. Becca is one tough cookie and loves to dance, run, and do karate. She’s my little miracle.
 
 
 

Joseph

Joseph
This is my son, Joseph. He is five years old and has spastic CP. He is so much stronger than mommy or daddy, and his spirit is contagious as well as his smile. He is our blessing from God and our hero everyday!
 
 
 
 
 

Michael

Michael
I nominate my nephew and my hero, Michael. He’s an amazing, super smart, and caring little boy. God blessed us when He gave us Michael.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lucas

Lucas
I would like to nominate my beautiful nephew, Lucas Priestley. Although he struggles sometimes, he’s always got that smile on his face that lights up everyone’s day. He brings so much joy to our family, we love you mate!
 
 
 
 
 

Eli

Eli
I’d like to nominate my son, Eli. He tried to come at 28 weeks with lots of medications, steroid shots and bed rest to stop labor. He was born at 36 weeks. He is now 4 years old. He has spastic displegia, which affects both legs and his left arm. Eli has AFO’s for both legs. He receives Physical Therapy weekly at preschool, and outside of school, along with speech therapy. He is driven to do everything to his best ability, and will not give up until he knows he’s mastered or found a way to do whatever task he is trying to accomplish. He does his best to keep up with his brother and friends. He is our hero because he has the sweetest heart, best personality, and is not afraid to try anything. He reminds us daily that anything is possible as we watch him accomplish milestones and tasks we take for granted. He is our blessing!
 
 
 

Mia

Mia
My daughter, Mia, is my hero. When she was diagnosed with cp and mental retardation, I didn’t know how to take it. I have to do everything I can for my baby. She doesn’t walk or talk, but she has come a long way with therapy. She is now crawling and standing and she is the happiest and strongest person I know. I just pray that one day she will walk. I love her no matter what!
 
 
 

Arabella

Arabella
This is my 2-year-old daughter named Arabella, born at 36 weeks. She was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Through her 2 years of life, she has taught me a lot. We have been through a lot of ups and downs, but we stay blessed. She fights each and everyday to remain strong.
 
 
 

Ashley

Ashely
My name is Ashley Mohesky, and I have cerebral palsy. I am in a wheelchair and use a device to communicate. I am a junior in college studying psychology to become a rehabilitation counselor for people with disabilities. I also do motivational speeches to let people know that no matter what they are going through, it could always be worse, and also the fact that anyone can follow their dreams with hard work and perseverance. By telling my story, I hope to let society know that people with disabilities are just as the same as everyone else, there are just a few more challenges that stand in the way. In the future, I hope to erase stereotypes towards special needs individuals. Despite cerebral palsy, I will come out on top.
 
 
 

Annalee

Annalee
This is Annalee, born at 28 weeks, 1lb 10oz. It was touch and go for the first year, then she was diagnosed with quad CP and developmental disabilities. At 16, nothing gets in her way of accomplishing her goals and aspirations (that’s right – Carnegie Hall!!!!) Never give up on these little ones!!
 
 
 
 

Justin

Justin
I have a son with CP named Justin and he is wonderful. Justin is 13 years old and he’s in the 8th grade. He loves being outside and playing with his nephews.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Daron

Daron
I would like to nominate my baby brother, Daron, for Hero of the day! Born at 30 weeks gestation with a stage 4 brain hemorrhage, my mother was not given a very bright prognosis. She was told he could possibly never wake up, and if he did he would most likely be a vegetable and wouldn’t live more than a couple of years. Fluid was constantly being drained from his brain with a syringe for days until a shunt was put into place. He has been defying the doctors ever since. Today, Daron is 27 years old. He is able to tell you just what he thinks or feels, whether you want to know or not, and can stand and walk from his recliner to his bed with the help of a walker. He has a smile that can brighten the worst of days and he loves with all of his heart! He smiles through sickness and pain that would have your average person on their knees and has the most beautiful FAITH that cannot be shaken or broken no matter how bad things get! He is a pretty awesome uncle to these two babies, and they cannot walk into their Nana’s house without making sure “Uncle D” is ok. A blessing doesn’t begin to describe what Daron is to our family, and I don’t know how we could ever go on without him! We love you Daron Gerard! Thanks for being my brother!
 
 
 
 

Julio

Julio
I would like to nominate my nephew Julio Gabriel Minyety, future model, as hero of the day. He is my friend’s son but I see him as my nephew. He was born with CP and still is not able to walk on his own, but that doesn’t stop him. He loves music and dancing, and is so outgoing and loving. He shows me everyday that anything is possible. He is a blessing.
 
 
 
 

Madison

Madison
This is Madison; she was diagnosed with CP around 13 months old. She has never let that stop her. Here she is cheering!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Avery

Avery
This is Avery; she was diagnosed at 7 months old and is the love of our lives! She does not know hatred or meanness, she is truly a blessing and my husband and I could not love anymore than we do. She is 7 and 1/2 years old and mentally 9-12 months old. She has brought more joy in our lives and brought out parts in myself that I never thought was possible, like patience. Having Avery has completely changed our lives but in a way that only parents of special children can truly understand! She smiles and laughs all day long, she is non-verbal and cannot walk or stand, just sitting a little on her own but we feel as if we have been given the best gift we can get before we go to heaven. This child is absolutely worth all the time and extra care and I am blessed to be the one chosen to do it, I cannot imagine life without her. Our lives revolve around her and we love that!
 
 
 

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