Zephyrhills High Swimmer with Cerebral Palsy Receives Honor from Mayor

Zephyrhills High Swimmer with Cerebral Palsy Receives Honor from Mayor

By Gary Hatrick

From her earliest days, Taylor Sanders has always worked to overcome the challenges of cerebral palsy.

“I don’t really think of them as challenges, it’s just my life,” said Taylor, a 15-year-old Zephyrhills High sophomore.

Taylor, who taught herself to walk at age 3, has received special recognition for her efforts to swim competitively on the Zephyrhills Bulldogs swim team.

During a private lunch held recently at City Hall, Zephyrhills Mayor Gene Whitfield presented Taylor with a letter of recognition for her determination and inspiration to others.

“Please allow me to express to you what a great inspiration you are to so many people,” Whitfield wrote. “You took your difficulties and are using them to touch lives and move others to overcome their own struggles.”

Taylor’s efforts on the swim team also were highlighted in a Student Spotlight video produced by the Pasco County School District.

Taylor’s accomplishments come after a lifetime of learning to overcome obstacles. She developed monoplegic infantile cerebral palsy because of complications during her birth.

“When she was diagnosed with CP, they said she would never walk,” said her mother, Vanessa Sanders. “She taught herself to walk the wrong way because she was so determined. They ordered a wheelchair for her, and she never used it.”

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