It was only 3 years ago that we met Kaylan and supported her with 16 weeks of Physical Therapy. Since then, she has made significant strides. Her mom reached out to us this month to share some exciting updates!
She wrote, "It’s been 3 years since Kaylan received the wonderful gift from Chive Charities. With that gift Kaylan was able attend NextStep Orlando Paralysis Recovery Center for 16 weeks. In that time Kaylan gained significant strength in her trunk area to be able to hold herself upright without assistance and in her legs where she was able to improve her ability to walk with some assistance. Since then Kaylan has continued to work hard. She has not for a minute given up her fight to become independent once again. She has been able to attend NextStep on a couple more occasions where she continues to get better and better at walking. Each year NextStep holds an annual Red Carpet event so clients can show what they have gained. Each Red Carpet event Kaylan has been able to do more and more. Last year she was able to walk the red carpet with minimal assistance from her trainer. No need for a special walker that supported her weight. She was able to carry her own weight and was able to move her legs forward by herself.
During these last 3 years Kaylan graduated high school and is now attending a local community college studying film production as she aspires to be in that industry in some capacity. Today she continues to work just as hard with equipment at home, local gym and continues to raise money to go back to NextStep where she has made lifelong friends with trainers and other folks that share the same drive and goals.
It is clear if it wasn’t for the generous donations from Chive Charities Kaylan would not be where she is today, a beautiful smart young lady with a bright future ahead of her."
It sounds like Kaylan is only getting started, and we can't wait to see where life takes her next.