You may not be able to tell from the photo, but you are looking at a world class athlete in training right now. Do you see that squint? That’s hard work there, baby! Move over runners, Juliana is lacing (okay velcroing) her sneakers in prep for the annual Angelman Sydrome Walk on May 20th. Last year, Lamar pushed her in the jogging stroller for the 5K. This year, she will WALK in the .25 mile event. We are beyond excited.
I know I am biased as all parents are when it comes to their kiddos. But, my kid is a rock star! Every time I see her run I am nearly in tears. The wide gait in her steps is almost non-existent. She loses her balance sometimes and falls a lot, but she keeps going. While she still transitions to steps with help, I know it won’t be long before she can master them on her own. Yes, I’m caught up in a can’t-believe-it-daze as I remember her big, clunky walker that would barely fit in my SUV; or the time that she needed help walking around the school track.
Now, she’s in “training.” So, I’ll say it again. My kid is a rock star! If you’d like to join our team–Joggers for Juliana in raising money for Angelman Syndrome awareness and research, you can do so here. And please know that no donation is too small.