Courtland's Hope Foundation
In 2007, I became a mom to a beautiful baby boy we named Courtland. I was so happy! However, it became apparent that something was amiss, because as he grew, he was not reaching the expected milestones. I did notice, however, I must admit, I was in denial. He went without a diagnosis for almost a year.
During that time, Courtland needed medical equipment to assist him in sitting, walking etc. We did not have the financial means to pay for the equipment that Courtland needed. It occurred to me that other families may be struggling to meet these financial obligations as well. I started the foundation to make medical equipment accessible to families who have disabled children.
After several doctor visits and eventually an MRI, Courtland was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy, as a result of having too much jaundice as a baby. At that time, he was about 2. He was still not sitting up on his own, not talking, not trying to walk. Our doctor told us that if he did not sit up by 2 years old, he would probably never walk.
Courtland is the epitome of what it means to have HOPE! He did not sit up on his own until 3 years and 4 months- but he did! He did not talk until 4 years and 4 months- but he did! At 5 years and 8 months (Christmas 2012), Courtland walked! Our journey is not over, BUT, I want you to know that there can be HOPE in that journey. YES, it is hard… but you can make it!
Hold On Pain Ends (That is an acronym for HOPE!)
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