Inspiring Stories: Thea Currier

Inspiring Stories: Thea Currier

My name is Thea Currier, and I’ll be 60 years old this year. I have been active all my life with ice skating, lifting weights, hiking, going for long walks, and I’ve run two marathons. I am currently being treated for my 4th type of cancer (leukemia) and...
Inspiring Stories: Heather Collins

Inspiring Stories: Heather Collins

Throughout her childhood, Heather fell often, was clumsy, had lower leg and ankle weakness, and foot drop.  These symptoms were overlooked, and she was never given an official diagnosis.  It wasn’t until she was in her 30’s that she was told she had a hereditary...
Inspiring Stories: Madeline Jarrett

Inspiring Stories: Madeline Jarrett

Madeline has Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT).  As a result, she has had mild foot drop since she was in middle school.  She first began experiencing more significant foot drop when she was 16.  This was after she dislocated the patella in her right leg for the first time...
Inspiring Stories: Silas Stuck

Inspiring Stories: Silas Stuck

Silas was born with a rare chromosome deletion.  It is so rare that it doesn’t have a name, it is called 2p 12-11.3 deletion syndrome and there is a gene in this deletion that causes spastic paraplegia.  He walked late and is still learning to talk.  Due to his father...
Inspiring Stories: Kay Ashton

Inspiring Stories: Kay Ashton

Kay Ashton lives with neurofibromas (NF) – a genetic condition that causes tumors to grow on the nerve endings.  The NF led to scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and now as a result of these two conditions, Kay has foot drop.  She also happens to have fallen arches...
Inspiring Stories: Lilly Markusch

Inspiring Stories: Lilly Markusch

Lilly Markusch was 19 years old, a Division I college athlete at the University of Nebraska on a cross country and track scholarship. Her entire life was running and competing at one of the highest levels in college athletics. Then a freak accident changed her world...