Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day which means we get to celebrate some of our favorite people and raise awareness of CP!
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles.
This is Cammie!
Cammie is 15 years old and came to myLIFEspeaks from Central Haiti where she was discovered living on the front porch of her family’s home, severely neglected and mistreated. When an American mission found her, she was naked, covered in sores from laying on the concrete, and surrounded by her own waste.
They took her in and cared for her for three years but long-term wanted Cammie to be part of a loving, forever family. When researching “family-based orphan care” in Haiti, they came across myLIFEspeaks and it was a perfect match! It was decided that Cammie would move to Neply and be placed in one of our Haitian family homes supported by myLIFEspeaks.
Cammie has Cerebral Palsy and cannot walk or talk but she is extremely smart. She loves school, her family, listening to music, and dancing. Her smile lights up the room!
Cammie has taught countless people in Neply, her family and teachers included, just how much someone with her disability can learn and do. Many Haitians, before meeting Cammie didn’t think that children like her could learn or do anything. Now they see how smart, loving, and joyful Cammie is and it has changed the way they view people with special needs or disabilities.
Cammie is a radiant light in our village commUNITY and she is an example of a LIFE that speaks volumes without using words. She continues to prove people wrong and defy the odds, all with a giant smile on her face.
We love you Cammie and are so proud of you!