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Surpassing Everyone’s Expectations

When Frankie was born at only 26 weeks, no one knew if she would make it. Weighing less than two pounds, she was baptized in an incubator while her family prayed for her survival. She was quadriplegic and diagnosed with cerebral palsy; prospects were grim for any kind of normal life.

Although Frankie was born small, she has a huge personality. “She’s a tough cookie,” says her dad. “She’s not afraid of anything.” Frankie was determined not to let anything hold her back, but she needed therapy to help her get there.

After six years of therapy at Marianjoy, Frankie has surpassed everyone’s expectations. She’s always on the go with friends and family. Her favorite activities are swimming, singing, soccer, gymnastics, and cheerleading—for which she has gone to state. Over the years, she’s received physical, occupational, speech, and aquatic therapy at Marianjoy; now, she only needs the first two. Additionally, she only needs one leg brace, and she’s continuing to show remarkable improvement. “She never says she can’t do something because of her disability,” says her father. “Thanks to Marianjoy, it’s true.”