It’s never easy living with a disability, all you have to do is just ask Maggie Vazquez, a 10-year-old who has cerebral palsy.
In order to get around she requires a walker even though she loves the outdoors, sometimes it can often difficult for her to do the things she wants to do.
That unfortunately promised to be the case when her class was planning to go on an overnight camping trip.
Maggie knew her walker wouldn’t work in the woods so she feared she might be left behind while her classmates had fun.
Luckily for her Helma Wardenaar her teacher about to let that happen.
Wardenaar was adamant Maggie would go camping with them so found a rather ingenious way of making it happen.
Maggie’s mom, Michelle, describes her daughter as being positive, funny and independent: “She has a funny and quirky sense of humor. She loves to work on fine detailed art coloring books and has started some independent drawing. She loves music. She loves being outside, but the motor challenges make it difficult.”
The thought of being left behind while her classmates enjoyed a camping trip was too much to bear given her personality.
Maggie’s teacher Helma wasn’t about to make that a possibility, she checked to see if a wheelchair would work, but it transpired they wouldn’t be able to handle the terrain.
She also considered renting a pony for Maggie to ride on, but they’re not allowed on pedestrian paths. “I considered accepting a fine if we would be caught, but figured that it would set a bad example, Wardenaar said.
Wardenaar contacted big brands for assistance, although they also failed to provide a solution.
One employee, Greg, spent an hour with her trying to source something in his store but, again, was unsuccessful.
Greg reached out to Wardenaar two weeks later to explain that he’d found a backpack called the “Free Loader”.
It would allow Wardenaar to carry Maggie on her back as it was a specially designed piece of equipment.
10-year-old Maggie has cerebral palsy and uses a walker, she feared she would miss out when her class hike was being planned.
But her teacher found a way to bring her along for the adventure which cost $300 so it was hardly cheap, but it didn’t give Maggie any sort discomfort, as she enjoyed her trip all the same.
Wardenaar said “We saw deer footprints, butterflies, birds, etc. Maggie sang along while I hiked. She wrote an original song about the camp and how much fun the time together is.”
Maggie’s mom is incredibly appreciative of Wardenaar and her efforts.
She said, “Ms. Helma really took this on personally and spent a lot of time tracking down this piece of equipment for Maggie.”
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