Owen | 2015 Kid Captain Blank Children's Hospital

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When Chad and Michelle McDaniel welcomed their son, Owen, into the world, they were also met with the news that their little boy had Cerebral Palsy. During Michelle's pregnancy, Owen suffered a stroke.

"Even growing in the womb was a traumatic event for Owen," said Michelle.

Owen was just a few months old when he started physical therapy. Not too long after Owen began physical therapy, he attended both occupational therapy and speech therapy as well. Needless to say, the McDaniel family stuck to a hectic schedule.

When he turned 3-years-old, Owen received his first power wheel chair, giving him a whole new sense of freedom. While he's unable to walk or stand on his own, Owen's wheelchair allows him to go where he wants to go.

"Through all the hospitalizations, surgeries and doctor visits, Owen is always so brave," said Michelle. "He never acts scared or nervous."

Owen, now, 13-years-old, remains determined to meet challenges head on. While he requires assistance with daily living, Owen does the same things as his peers, going to school, playing sports and playing video games. He'll tell you with a big smile on his face that his dream is to be a football player.

His confidence is extraordinary. Owen doesn't worry whether someone won't like him or won't talk to him, and he'll stand up for others when necessary, too.

"Each day is a challenge, but Owen still wakes with that beautiful smile on his face," said Michelle. "Owen has Cerebral Palsy, but it does not have him. That's how he inspires others!"