An Amazing Mom Found A Way For Her Son With Cerebral Palsy To Enjoy A Skate Park—And The Video Will Melt Your Heart
The look on his face is pure joy!
João Vicente, a 7-year-old boy from Brazil, has always wanted to skateboard. But he lives with a number of health problems, including a rare autoimmune syndrome that caused a stroke, leading to a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
Because of his disabilities, João’s mom, Lau Patron, feared he would never get the opportunity to skateboard. Although she tried to deter him from the activity and came up with alternatives — such as riding a tricycle — to satisfy his love of adrenaline, Vicente remained steadfast in his desire to skateboard.
Thanks to physiotherapist Stevan Pinto and psychologist Daniel Paniagua, his dream was made a reality. The pair launched the Skate Anima project, which creates skateboard adaptations that allow kids with disabilities to participate in the activity. Skate Anima made a walker that fits around Vicente, allowing him to hold on while he’s pushed on a skateboard.
Check out the video of the device in action, posted to Facebook by Amber Hickman:
“This mom wanted her son with cerebral palsy to experience the skate park!” reads the caption. “Epic parenting!”
Wow! His pure joy is so evident.
The walker was originally designed by Ricardo Oliveira, a skateboarder and father of a daughter with a disability. He invented it so his daughter could have the opportunity to skateboard with him .
“He [Ricardo] made this walker for his daughter who has a disability and we managed to bring it to the project,” Paniagua told local media in Brazil, according to Yahoo! News. “We attend all kinds of disabilities: autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy — we are open to all kinds of people.”
Here’s an image of Skate Anima in action from their Instagram, with a laughing João enjoying a ride. Patron says in a tweet re-posting this video that it captures “the first time he felt it”: