By Ken Moore
Katie Grealish loves to swim and even though most of her family doesn’t share her passion, she knows her cousin does.
“He cannot walk or talk, but when he is in the water, he’s smiling, he’s happy, he’s free,” she said. “I love seeing him happy. Even though he can’t talk, I know he loves me and I know that he would do anything for me.”
Now, her cousin Daniel who has cerebral palsy immediately gets his bathing suit when he first sees Grealish when she visits him in New York.
“We share a special bond so when we are together we go to the pool together,” she said.
Grealish, a sophomore at South Lakes’ International Baccalaureate program, wanted to raise awareness of cerebral palsy for her Middle Years Program.
“Many people think it is a disease, however it is actually a condition typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth. It is a life-long condition, and is one of the most common congenital disorders of childhood,” she writes about cerebral palsy.
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