2016 Speak Now For Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero: Hunter
Just before his second birthday, Hunter was seen at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Hunter’s parents are incredibly grateful for the doctors at BCH who carefully listened to their concerns and strategized ways to keep Hunter walking. Hunter has received botox and phenol injections since he was 2 ½ years of age in preparation for a major surgery. Two and a half years ago, Hunter was matched with Wendy, a Great Dane graduate of the Service Dog Project and trained balance dog, who he uses instead of a walker.
Hunter has far surpassed his doctors’ expectations. He has fewer falls than before and he has progressed from walking with a walker, to walking with a service dog, to finally walking short distances without assistance. Since January, Hunter has been recovering from his major operation, hip dysplasia surgery and muscle lengthening, and participating in a lot of physical therapy. He hopes to be walking for sustained periods of time with Wendy’s help by Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day.
An outdoorsman at heart, Hunter enjoys hiking and fishing. He is a determined, independent, adventure-seeking, 10-year-old who is incredibly diligent and motivated to be the healthiest he can be.