10-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy takes on challenge of a lifetime
10-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy takes on challenge of a lifetime, learning to skate for the All-Star UK Ice Hockey charity weekend Mia, who relies on a wheelchair due to the fatigue brought on by her condition, is learning to skate in a year-long challenge, raising more than £6,000 for children’s charity Dreams Come True
10-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy takes on challenge of a lifetime, learning to skate for the All-Star UK Ice Hockey charity weekend
Mia, who relies on a wheelchair due to the fatigue brought on by her condition, is learning to skate in a year-long challenge, raising more than £6,000 for children’s charity Dreams Come True
10-year-old Mia from Pontypridd Wales was born with congenital hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. She lets nothing stand in her way, and after having had a dream fulfilled by national children’s charity Dreams Come True when she most needed it, she has taken on the fundraising challenge of skating – unaided - on ice and scoring a goal in Ice Hockey to help more children’s dreams come true.
Mia was born with congenital hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that affects her mobility and leaves her prone to disc dislocation. She also uses a wheelchair to deal with the lethargy that this condition brings. When she was first diagnosed, doctors were concerned that she would be unable to walk, but she is an incredibly determined little girl.
This makes her challenge even more poignant. Mia struggles with balance on her own so learning to ice skate is a challenge of enormity that many of us will never face. Mia’s doctors and mum Karene had concerns over the challenge, but Mia persuaded both the doctors and her parents it was what she wanted to do, and they have allowed it, so long as she “paces herself”. Her physiotherapy has also been increased to help her body cope with the demands. Karene explained: “Every time we go for an ice skating session, she knows the consequences. She has had a lot of falls and I don’t like seeing her in pain, but I know how much she wants this so I can’t stop her doing it.”
Karene, continues: “The last 11 months of this challenge have been a roller-coaster of ups and downs, tears and smiles. Mia is aware of the strain and pressure she is putting her body under, but for those who know Mia, they know that if she can make a difference in any other child’s life; if she can give them the experience of a dream, she will do anything. She always challenges herself and is one stubborn and happy little girl.”
In 2012 Dreams Come True made Mia’s dream of a break from the hospital visits and a family holiday come true. They fulfilled her dream when the family needed it most, giving them a much-needed reprieve from the daily stress, endless appointments and frustration of not being able to help. Seeing Mia struggle daily, both emotionally and physically was a huge strain on her and the family and the dream was just what they needed.
Mia says "I am learning to skate to raise money for Dreams Come True because I want to help other children like me. It has been a hard challenge, but it is for a good cause. I had to make it hard so people would sponsor me. I have found it really hard and it has made me want to give up, but I can’t as I want and need to help children like me."
Mia’s year-long challenge will finish on 29th July at 11.30am when she will take part in The All-Star UK Charity Weekend, an ice hockey match at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff.
Mia’s original fundraising target was £1,500, but she’s raised over £6000 to date.
Richard Ashton, Dreams Come True’s chief executive says: “Mia is an inspiration to us all. Her commitment to raising money to help other children’s dreams come true is moving – especially given the enormity of the challenge. Thank you, Mia, – we’ll be there cheering you on.”
Last year Mia was presented with the Princess Diana Award and this year she was shortlisted for the Young Fundraising of the Year, both in recognition of her charitable work.
About Dreams Come True
Dreams Come True is a national children’s charity serving the whole of the UK. Our mission is simply to make dreams come true for children with serious and life-limiting conditions.
Over the last 25 years we have brought happiness and joy to more than five thousand children as well as their families and carers.
That every child or young person with a serious or life-limiting condition has the opportunity to fulfil a dream.
Registered as a Charity in England and Wales (800248) and in Scotland (SC043878)
For further information please contact:
Claire Williamson on behalf of Dreams Come True:
firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 208 819 3170