Parker is a pretty tough kid, which isn’t surprising given his tough start to life.
“He’s willing to try anything to keep up with everyone else!” said Parker’s mom, Kelly. “He’s very determined!”
When Parker was born, he had a stroke that caused him to have seizures. He was later diagnosed with epilepsy. Before starting Kindergarten, he began randomly falling down. For about six months, Parker’s family and doctors were baffled. He was finally diagnosed with drop seizures. As if that wasn’t enough, along the way he was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Parker has been going to Blank Children’s Pediatric Therapy every other week since he was only six weeks old for occupational therapy. Once a month he has a physical therapy appointment to address his right-side mobility problems.
Daily life is fairly normal for Parker with school and after-school activities. His schedule is only different than his peers in that he has physical therapy and occupational therapy appointments several times a month. Parker wears a leg brace, so he's sometimes a little slower than the rest of the kids, which can be frustrating for him.
Parker participates in soccer, and he would love to be able to play football. Basketball is one of Parker’s favorite sports, and he has gotten pretty good at one handed shots!
Having dealt with medical issues since Parker’s birth, the seizure activity, medication, and therapy are all a normal part of his family’s daily life. “I think we all baby him a little bit,” Kelly said, “but we do our best to push him to work hard and be responsible.”
Parker is very excited to be a Kid Captain! He loves Iowa State and wears his basketball jersey on a regular basis!