Even though learning to waltz had been a lifelong dream for Sarah Cauley, she cancelled just one day before her first lesson. She was unable to open her hand enough for someone to hold it, and was afraid no one would want to try.
“The words ‘graceful’ and ‘cerebral palsy’ are two words that are not typically used in the same sentence,” explained Sarah, an individual with spastic cerebral palsy.
Watch Sarah dance today and you would describe her as graceful. Not only has Sarah become a competitive ballroom dancer, she is helping CU Anschutz researchers explore how cerebral palsy impacts health and mobility in adults.
AURORA - Jillian August is walking 20-percent faster than she did 10 years ago.
That is a huge accomplishment for a 24-year-old with cerebral palsy.
"Even though cerebral palsy is a pediatric onset condition, it's a life long disability," Dr. James Carollo, Ph.D. said. "We need to be vigilant in being able to understand how cerebral palsy affects you over your life span."
Dr. Carollo has worked with Jillian since she was a little girl. She was born with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, an injury to a developing brain that effects gross motor skills and movement.