Small Steps are Big
Steps for Participants in Program
Children who would otherwise be limited by a wheelchair learn independence.
By: SARAH WEBER
"BOARDMAN — For the average 4-year-old, taking a few small steps on wobbly legs
is nothing special. For Connor Koopman, it's a miracle.
Connor has cerebral palsy, a neuromuscular disorder that limits his mobility.
With his condition, Connor could be limited by a wheelchair and remain entirely
dependent on his parents for the rest of his life. But Tammy Koopman, Connor's
mom, wants him to reach his true potential.
Through conductive education at Miracles Unlimited, a nonprofit program in
Boardman, Connor may be able to gain a certain amount of independence. He's been
a part of the program for a year, where he is learning to brush his teeth, get
out of bed, feed himself and walk."