Share Friend's of Carter and her Unicorns
Carter is a beautiful four-year-old girl with copper red hair, and a twinkle in her eyes showing off her joy and passion for life. Right before Carters third birthday she was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition called pura syndrome, as well as cerebral palsy. At the time Carter was the 40th documented case in the entire world with pura syndrome, and to this day is the only person in the world with her genetic sequence. Carter has been doing every therapy we could find since she was one years old. She currently has physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and hippotherapy every week. Doctors told us Carter would never talk or walk, but she is crushing through those limitations. When Carter started at the Shea Center in October of 2015 she had severe low muscle tone and a weak core. Within a couple months her posture drastically improved and she started to walk upright, instead of hunched over. Hippotherapy not only improved her strength physically but helped her cognition develop. She began to have breakthroughs understanding concepts like clapping and how to manipulate toys. Although Carter is currently nonverbal she makes her wants and needs very clear. She has a couple signs, and is working toward more communication each day. She can walk independently for periods of time, and pushes herself in each therapy session. She is a fighter, and her joyful determination often encourages people around her. Carters favorite part of the week is when we arrive to the Shea Center, and she hops on her new horse Professor Lucas, who is sure to bring out huge smiles and giggles. Please support Drive to Ride which raise funds for the care of these amazing horses and for financial aid for so many families who wouldn't be able to participate without it. Your donations make a difference.