Almost six months after groundbreaking treatment in Missouri little Katie Lonergan from Owning is continuing to make great progress.
Katie’s weekly schedule of therapies is intense and consists of three trips to Waterford for physio, speech therapy and occupational therapy and on average a further four private physio sesssions at home. Katie has celebral palsy and her parents Aisling and John were told that she would never walk. They were determined that they would do everything to make the seeemingly impossible happen and the charity Katie’s Wish to Walk was set up to raise funds to allow her travel to the US for new treatment
“Somebody passed a comment recently and I think it is so true - looking at the calendar of Katie’s weekly therapies I think it is safe to say she is busier than the Kilkenny senior camogie team ahead of the final! It is non-stop but so rewarding,” her Mum Aisling said.
“Sometimes in daily life we worry there has been little/no progress. But then we take a step back and look at the big picture. We look back to six months ago and compare. It is only then can we really see the changes. The changes may appear small to many but all these small changes add up in time to big changes. All the small changes also mean massive changes to our life as a family,” she added.
“The people of Piltown, Kilkenny and even further afield have given Katie the possibility of independence. Katie can finally be the independent, inquisitive little girl she always wanted to be,” added Aisling.
Just over €100,000 was raised and all the money goes towards Katie’s treatment.
Katie is heading to Scotland for a 2 week intensive physio course in November with MP Fitness.