Josilyn the Irongirl

“Josilyn was five years old before she could walk unassisted. Her Uncle Scott always told her to ‘never give up’. As the years passed which included braces, surgery, and other procedures, a desire grew in her heart. She wanted to run in an “official race” without help, but to walk even a few blocks would exhaust her. You see, her uncle is an Ironman, and she has always admired him. He has completed several races, to include a half marathon, with Josilyn while pushing her in a special chair. She now wanted to complete in a race on her own. Last year when she trialed her WalkAides for a month, she not only had a much better stride, but she could walk/run for a longer period of time without getting exhausted. After Variety provided one of the WalkAides and our family purchased the other, the time had come for that race. Josilyn ran/walked in the Dreamsbanks No Limits 1 Mile race in Madison with her Uncle Scott taking pictures of her all the way. She had a goal of 30 minutes, which she beat with a time of 25 minutes, 10 seconds. The doctors would say the biggest benefit from the WalkAides is a better gait which will help keep her knees and hips strong. I would say the biggest benefit is a dream come true. Thank you very much Variety!”

– DeAnn McDermott,
   Josilyn’s mom

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