Have Wheelchair, Will Kick

September 11, 2010

Katy participated in her first day of wheelchair soccer practice today as part of the SPENSA (SPEcial Needs Soccer Association) program in St. Louis. We didn’t even get signed in before wonderful young ladies from the Lindenwood University Women’s Soccer Team decided Katy was who they wanted to work with for the morning.

Hey, we weren’t complaining! Jenni, Maggie and Whitney (along with a number of other players, as well) had Katy kicking, throwing, scoring, hokey pokeying and dancing before the hour was through.

The only struggle Katy had was pushing her wheelchair on the turf. There is just enough give in the surface to bog down on the wheels. Even more annoying to her was the little pieces of fake grass that kept sticking to her fingers from the wet turf as she rolled her wheels. Even with all of that, she still did really well.

There’s two things here, I think, that mean the most to Shel and I: First, Katy is doing so much better working with new people. The little girl that cringed if new people came near her is long gone. Second, Katy just seems to have this extraordinary effect on people that work with her for any amount of time. People just fall in love with our little girl. That means a lot to us.

Maybe the cutest part of the whole morning unfortunately occurred off camera – actually while I was off going to get the car to meet Shel at the wheelchair entrance. Evidently, Katy had the whole Lindenwood team surrounding her saying good bye, giving high fives, blowing kisses and just being her usual cute self.

For the rest of the morning, here’s the video:

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Aunt Pat September 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm



Tara Ecklund September 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Yeah Katy!!!! Oh she just makes me smile inside and out!! You are right, Todd. She has a gift. She is going to change people’s thoughts and ideas everywhere she goes. The site is looking great!!


Todd September 20, 2010 at 11:38 am

Thanks for that, Tara! It’s always nice to hear people think similar thoughts about their loved ones. Hope Lilly’s doing great!


Lu September 28, 2010 at 8:47 am

After Ed and I enjoyed meeting Katy and seeing her with the Lindenwood soccer girls on that video, we took a tour of the rest of the videos and were spellbound. She is a beautiful little girl, and you have done such a wonderful job with things like this site, her activities, and just obviously surrounding her with hope and love. We looked at this after you were here last Weds, but had some trouble getting back on because of some overactive security pop-ups I guess. Didn’t want you to think our tardiness to respond to this great experience was due to lack of interest. Thank you so much. Lu (and Ed) Perantoni


Todd September 28, 2010 at 11:39 am

Lu and Ed- Thanks so much for taking the time out to find out more about Katy. We really appreciate it! If you have a chance, let me know what happened with the security pop-ups. Don’t want our site causing any problems!



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