14 year old Oliver was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) at 19 months of age. The condition affects his skin, hair, blood and brain. Oliver has suffered significant hair loss due to his lupus that also affects his skin, especially his face.
Oliver is short for his age due to long term steroid therapy. He has endured multiple treatments including chemotherapy and has had multiple hospital admissions in relation to low platelets and flare of his disease.
Despite his significant disease that has been resistant to multiple treatments, and extreme hair loss and skin issues, Oliver has a very positive attitude, an awesome sense of humour and is very quick witted. He always has a smile on his face, despite his condition.
8 year old Lucy lives with Cerebral Palsy, Spastic Diplegia.
Lucy’s Cerebral Palsy wasn’t discovered until she missed milestones as a baby.
Prior to hip surgery in September 2020 Lucy was able to walk in a foldable walker most of the time. Unfortunately following her surgery, Lucy lost her confidence, experienced pain and had significant fear about taking weight through her legs again. She was limited to the confines of her wheelchair. Understandably Lucy was anxious about learning to walk again. She started her intensive program of Therapy at Healthy Strides.
Lucy loves a laugh, is fun and cheeky! Lucy was an incredible role model to her peers, regularly saying hello to the other children and cheering them on during their sessions. She also kept the therapists on their toes, always coming up with new and inventive ways to keep her sessions fun.
Lucy loves reading Roald Dahl, riding her trike and board games.
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