What's Up Wednesday -- Christian

#WhatsUpWednesday is our chance to hear from the teens who are involved with the Speak Now for Kids community. This week’s post will focus on Chrtistian, a recent Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero. Christian was born missing half of his brain. When he was 10-months-old, Christian was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, hydrocephly and quadriplegia. Since then he has been receiving treatment at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey.

So Christian…what’s up?

1. Why do I advocate?

I advocate telling people the great care I received at Children’s Specialized Hospital and the services I have received since I was 9 months old. I am 17 now and Children’s Specialized Hospital has made me the person I am today.

2. Person I find most inspirational?
I find John Sena, the wrestler, the most inspirational to me because he says “never give up”.

rsz_christians_professional_picture.jpg3. What makes me unique?
I am unique because I am funny, tough and I never give up!

4. What jam gets me up when I am down?
When I feel down I watch wrestling.

5. What have I overcome?
I have overcome being told I would never speak. I spoke my first words at 7 1/2 years old. The doctors did not know if I would be mentally intact, but I am. I attend our town high school and I will be a senior next year.

6. What do I want the world to know about my condition?
I want the world to know just because I have Cerebral Palsy that I can do what everyone else does. I just may need a little more help doing it.

7. If I could change the world I would?
I would make everything handicap accessible.

8. Who or What is my biggest supporter?
I am lucky I have more than one!! Mimi, Poppy and Auntie Lisa are my biggest supporters.

9. What does my children’s hospital mean to me?
Children’s Specialized Hospital means everything to me and my family. They give me hope and the will to go on even though everything looked dark when I started out. They gave us the light.

10. How do I plan on giving back to the world?
I want to show the world that a kid from Children’s Specialized Hospital with Cerebral Palsy can take on the many challenges that the world can give and succeed.

11. What do I want to be when I grow up?
I want to be a graphic artist.


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