Author: Sadie McCallum

The real story behind the Amazing Curb Climber

I want to be an author or librarian when I grow up. I like to read all kinds of books — fiction and non-fiction and fairy tales. I want to write fairy tale books for children and young adults.

You can imagine I love the library, but going to the library can be tough for me. I have cerebral palsy, which means I don’t get around as well as some other kids. I rely on a walker for support.

In some places, like the library in my town, the ramps are far away from handicap parking and the entrance to the building.

It would be SO much easier if my walker was more like an all-terrain vehicle and could go over curbs or stairs.

When I was 7 and in 1st grade, Dr. Benjamin Shore, in the Boston Children’s Hospital Cerebral Palsy Program, did a double hip osteotomy to help me walk better, and I had Botox and phenol injections to help with spasticity. I spent a week at Boston Children’s Hospital and four weeks not bearing weight and even more time going to physical therapy.

I had a lot of time to think. This was right around the time of my school’s Invention Convention, which is like a science fair for inventors.

That’s when the idea for the Amazing Curb Climber was born.

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