Utah Boy with Cerebral Palsy Learns to Walk for Mickey Mouse

Utah Boy with Cerebral Palsy Learns to Walk for Mickey Mouse

By Megan Marsden Christensen

Coined as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” Disneyland is a magical place for many families. And for one Utah family, it is a place of miracles.

When 6-year-old Kyler Pope was a baby, doctors told his parents he would likely never walk. But prior to his first trip to Disneyland, Kyler, who has cerebral palsy, spontaneously told his mother, Stephanie, “I’m going to take my first step for Mickey Mouse.”

Life has never come easy for Kyler as far as his health is concerned.

“We received Kyler at 9 months old as a foster son and ended up adopting him within about a year,” Stephanie Pope said. “I could see there was something wrong developmentally, so we went to Primary Children’s Hospital to have him observed.”

Over the course of a couple of years, the Pope family learned Kyler had a form of autism in addition to cerebral palsy. Kyler’s days filled with physical therapy, occupational therapy and vision therapy.

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