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Patient Stories

Maddy’s Life Without Barriers
Apr 26, 2016

Maddy’s Life Without Barriers

Maddy’s mom describes her as “a warrior” — and rightly so. Maddy has spina bifida. But she also has much more: extraordinary compassion, a keen sense of humor, and a vibrant personality. Meet Maddy and learn why she’s excited to represent Gillette during the Walk & Roll 3K on June 18, 2016.
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Hunter Overcomes Bullying with a Little Help from His Friends
Apr 15, 2016

Hunter Overcomes Bullying with a Little Help from His Friends

When Stacy Soman’s son Hunter started being bullied consistently last year, this question came up more and more. “When your kid starts coming home with bruises, it’s hard not to say: ‘You know what, maybe you should hit back, and they’ll leave you alone.’ Many children would take that advice, but not Hunter."
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Family Makes 700-Mile Journey to Treat Daughter’s Cerebral Palsy
Mar 29, 2016

Family Makes 700-Mile Journey to Treat Daughter’s Cerebral Palsy

"Every step Sophia takes is a testament to the countless dedicated individuals who made it possible," says her mother, Susan Slinkard. Last summer, Sophia and her family traveled from Arkansas to Minnesota for major neurosurgery aimed at reducing Sophia's spasticity.
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A Day in the Life: Raising a Child Who Has Special Needs
Mar 17, 2016

A Day in the Life: Raising a Child Who Has Special Needs

Aimee Blanchette, a features writer for the Star Tribune, is mom to a 5-year-old who has cerebral palsy. She recently wrote a column in the newspaper about teaching her daughter, Lila, how to skate. It inspired us to ask her to author a post for Kids Health Matters detailing what a day is like raising a child who has special needs.
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International Cerebral Palsy Patient Finds Help at Gillette
Mar 3, 2016

International Cerebral Palsy Patient Finds Help at Gillette

A Venezuelan mother's prayers are answered as her daughter receives treatment for cerebral palsy at Gillette. “No word is good enough to express our gratitude for helping our daughter have a better quality of life and to overcome the challenges she’s had since birth,” she writes.
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Twitter Chat Offers Insight Into Rare Diseases
Mar 3, 2016

Twitter Chat Offers Insight Into Rare Diseases

Gillette participated in a Twitter chat hosted by ABC's Dr. Richard Besser on rare diseases as part of Rare Diseases Day. Gillette was one of the top chat influencers.
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Gillette Patient Takes Stand Against College Bullying
Feb 24, 2016

Gillette Patient Takes Stand Against College Bullying

A longtime Gillette patient takes a stand against college bullying after using adaptive equipment on campus. She used social media to respond.
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Adaptive Skis Allow Patients to Soar Down Slopes
Feb 22, 2016

Adaptive Skis Allow Patients to Soar Down Slopes

Gillette hosted its 7th Annual Adaptive Ski Day for its patients and their families. Event organizers said the event was a success with dozens of patients and their families participating.
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Tragedy Turns to Triumph; One Boy’s Remarkable Recovery
Feb 3, 2016

Tragedy Turns to Triumph; One Boy’s Remarkable Recovery

A little more than a month after a near-tragic accident, 9-year-old Yael Rodriguez is not only walking and talking, he was recently discharged from Gillette and is now happily at home with his family. Read about his recovery from a serious brain injury.
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My Gillette Story by Betsy Keil
Nov 25, 2015

My Gillette Story by Betsy Keil

I was born 10 weeks early, and as a result spent the first seven weeks of my life in an incubator. Six days after I was born, my pediatrician told my family that there was a possibility that I had cerebral palsy (CP).
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Pioneering Treatment at Gillette Gives Cooper Independence
Nov 10, 2015

Pioneering Treatment at Gillette Gives Cooper Independence

Cooper Wilson recently sat on the bench at the Minnesota Wild Hockey game as part of the franchise’s “Bench Buddies” program. As recently as two years ago, Cooper was barely able to button his own shirt, let alone have the strength and energy to attend a hockey game.
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