2015 Family Advocacy Day Hero -- Julia

Rizzo.Julia.JPGJulia’s connection to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital started day one when she was diagnosed at birth with spastic quadriplegia (the most severe form of cerebral palsy), as well as many other health issues.

Now 6 years old, Julia—who is non-verbal, non-ambulatory and has epilepsy—has been admitted to the children’s hospital countless times. Despite the odds against her, she has always shown tremendous strength by persevering through cases of pneumonia, surgical procedures and hours of intense therapy. As a result, she has made great progress and her courage has had a tremendous impact on many lives.

It’s easy to fall in love with Julia. Despite her limitations, Julia enjoys outdoor activities like biking and hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as well as sledding and swimming. In addition, Julia has completed two sprint-distance triathlons and several 5k races with her family to support United Cerebral Palsy and other charities. When not outside with her family, Julia enjoys time at school with her peers and spending time with her younger brother.


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