Twelve year old Katie Holmes is getting ready to take on the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run, helped by her walking frame.
The girl from Tameside in Manchester was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of four. It was the result of a bleed on her brain, which occurred during her premature birth.
Although she has had a series of operations to help with her mobility over the years, Katie still requires the use of a wheelchair or walking frame over longer distances. Despite this, she is determined to tackle the run, which takes place on the twentieth of this month.
She is hoping that the money she raises from participating will go towards the private physiotherapy sessions she currently has. Speaking about the challenge she was set to undertake, the brave 12-year-old said: “I want to show people that no matter what hurdle is put in front of them, anything is possible. People say to me I am an inspiration which I get embarrassed at because I am just trying to be the best version of me. It might take me a little longer to get to the finish line, but I will do it.”
Emma Holmes, Katie’s mom, said of her daughter: “Throughout her condition, Katie has used a wheelchair for longer distances which meant she struggled to make friends as she was always left out and couldn’t play out with other children. Despite going through so many operations in a short time, she is a very positive person who says she wants people to look at her beyond her cerebral palsy and see she is just a normal little girl who wants to make every day a good day.”
She added: “She wants other children to look at her and see her as an inspiration as she has never wanted her disability to get in the way.”