Meet Elijah: 2019 Family Advocacy Day Champion

Elijah is participating at 2019 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day from June 25-26 in Washington, D.C. During the event, Elijah will share information about his health journey and the importance of children’s health care with members of Congress. Below is his story.

“Don’t assume things about people with cerebral palsy… ask instead! We’re all different and unique and we want to share our story," Elijah shares.

Elijah has endured multiple surgeries and countless hours of physical and occupational therapy to treat cerebral palsy at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. With hard work and perseverance, he overcame the obstacles that came his way during recovery. These surgeries helped correct the shape of his bones to allow him to stand straighter and taller, and to use less energy when walking. Each of these surgeries posed their own obstacles, but without them Elijah wouldn’t be the person that he is today.

Elijah is unique in so many ways. His smile, sense of humor, and willingness to take life as it comes is contagious—he has a way of brightening up a room when he enters. His determination and willingness to always try his hardest is well beyond his years 15 years. Despite being in a wheelchair, he participates fully in Boy Scouts, leadership academy and several sports. He is always striving to give his best and live life to the fullest.

Join us in welcoming Elijah to 2019 Family Advocacy Day!

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commented 2019-05-21 10:54:48 -0400 · Flag
On behalf of the entire Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare community, thank you Elijah for sharing your story and for representing your peers. We look forward to following your Washington D.C. journey in June.


Barbara Joers