Taylor Hanson is an 11-year-old girl who will turn 12 on May 4th. Taylor was born prematurely at 28 weeks, weighing in at 2.7 lbs. Born at McMaster, she spent two months in NICU where several doctors informed us that Taylor would not meet developmental milestones at the same rate as other babies. She was a preemie and required time to “catch-up”. Almost two years later, doctors concluded that Taylor was accomplishing milestones, but not in the same manner as other babies. Taylor was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. She would likely never walk, and if so would require assistance. The next few years, were filled with specialist appointments where Taylor continued to prove doctors wrong. She adapted and modified movements to meet desired outcomes. Her resilience in attempting to overcome obstacles has led to a very positive and strong-willed “I can do it” attitude that she applies to many areas of her life.
Taylor resides in Burlington with her parents, John and Alisson, and six year old brother, Nolan. Her brother keeps her busy and encourages Taylor to try new things. Taylor has close relationships with both sets of grandparents who demonstrate continuous support in all of her endeavors. Any chance Taylor has to hang-out with her aunts, uncles and cousins is welcomed as they always end up participating in outdoor activities and adventures.
Like most pre-teen girls, Taylor enjoys singing, dancing and social media. In many ways she is a lot like her friends, with the exception of wearing AFOs, using assistive devices to get around and receiving Botox injections. At school, Taylor participates in choir, leadership programs with her friends and is also a part of the morning announcement group. Outside of school, Taylor swims weekly at the Burlington YMCA, participates in yoga sessions at Erinoak Kids and is an assistant captain on her sledge hockey team with Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled. Taylor is looking forward to summer as she will be attending Easter Seals Camp Merrywood for the first time! She is excited to participate in all of the programs they have to offer and hopes that she will build lasting friendships with fellow campers.
Taylor believes it is an honour to have the opportunity to represent children who have disabilities as the Friends of We Care Female Ambassador. She thoroughly enjoys participating in team building activities and fundraising campaigns. Taylor is amazed at the generous support that so many companies provide through product donations; participating in golfing, skiing, bowling, singing; purchasing raffle tickets or bidding in the auctions. Taylor is looking forward to another great year of fundraising opportunities with Friends of We Care so even more children can attend an Easter Seals Camp.