October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month.
McKenna is a three year old little sister with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele. This is the most serious form of spina bifida. McKenna had an opening of her spinal cord from her mid lumbar to her tailbone which caused severe nerve damage. She had her first surgery to close her spine during fetal surgery at 26 weeks gestation. Then, she was born 13 weeks later. She has had many surgeries in her three years, brain surgery and most recently had a tumor removed from her spinal cord this summer. McKenna never allows her diagnoses to get in her way. Although her nerve damage caused paralysis and weakness in her legs and hips, with the use of her walker, braces, wheelchair and her joyful attitude, she continues to prove that she can do anything with hard work. McKenna loves her older brother, Ian, and is always looking out for him. McKenna Grace warrior princess loves dancing, singing, art and playing with her friends and family. We love dancing with McKenna! She makes strides every week with us, including in making new friends, attempting assisted walking across the floor with ballet moves, working on core strength and balance, and building self-confidence. Stop by our Friday classes at Next Step Dance to say hello to this charming personality and you will definitely leave with a smile on your face too!