Jacksonville Girl with Cerebral Palsy Beats the Odds

Jacksonville Girl with Cerebral Palsy Beats the Odds

By Rachael Cardin

A little girl in Jacksonville doesn’t know, but she is an inspiration to those around her for what she has overcome. Raelyn Weber is five years old, but as a baby, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. You would never know it now; she is scoring goals in soccer and winning pageants all because of the love and support of her mother and two sisters.

Raelyn was born prematurely, and she almost didn’t survive her birth, along with her mother, Marissa. When Raelyn was about a year old, her mom noticed one of her eyes turning in. The baby could not sit up on her own. When Raelyn was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Marissa says her heart sank. “My whole world ended because you hear brain damage and cerebral palsy, and you think you’re never going to have a normal child,” Marissa said. “I asked my mother, ‘What am I supposed to do with a special needs child?'”

Marissa decided to fight.

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