Author: Jessica Cerretani

No holding back: Surgery to help treat cerebral palsy changed Eric’s life

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For the Larsens, hitting the slopes is a family affair. Come winter, everyone travels north to Lincoln, New Hampshire, to ski or snowboard. Mom Carla — once a novice — now teaches adaptive skiing. Older son Nick even met his future wife on Loon Mountain.

But perhaps the sport’s greatest influence has been on son Eric. For years, he helped coach both kids and adults with physical and mental disabilities, teaching them adaptive skiing through the New England Disabled Sports program. His motivation went well beyond simple athleticism, however. He was giving others what skiing had given him as a teenager with cerebral palsy: a sense of belonging, freedom and achievement.

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Getting back to ‘normal’ with chronic pain

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It wasn’t the Christmas Eve that the Walfield family had hoped for: Their daughter Lilly, then 12, fell down the stairs and sprained her ankle, necessitating a boot and crutches. But the accident was just the beginning of a long journey to find relief: Over time, the pain that Lilly felt seemed to get worse.

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Banding together: Finding support for pediatric stroke

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Surrounded by his family, Patrick walks unassisted after recovering from a stroke.

Cristina Murphy is the daughter of a cardiologist, but even she wasn’t aware that stroke could occur in children — until her young son Patrick had one. Her vibrant little boy was just a toddler when he was rushed to the emergency room for what his parents and their pediatrician initially assumed was a severe stomach bug. But further testing confirmed the unimaginable: Patrick had experienced a rare bilateral cerebellar stroke.

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Because of a donor: Three transplant recipients celebrate their successes

heart transplant
The gift of organ transplant can open a whole new world of opportunities to recipients. Please join us in celebrating all the members of Boston Children’s transplant community — including three who are enjoying successes made possible #becauseofadonor.

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