A Dad Helped His Son With Cerebral Palsy Shred It Up At A Skate Park
"I hope that people can see this joy and recognize that he's a kid like any other."
This is Jared Edmunds, his wife Tresa, and their 8-year-old son Atticus of Sacramento, California. Tresa is an activist and blogger, and Jared runs a nursing facility.
Before Atticus was born, the couple had been trying to have a child for eight years, Tresa Edmunds told BuzzFeed.
When she finally got pregnant, the couple was ecstatic.
During her pregnancy, Edmunds developed a complication called HELLP syndrome which led to Atticus being born at 27 weeks.
He weighed 2 pounds and 3 ounces when he was born
Due to being born early, Atticus has cerebral palsy.
Edmunds said that while raising a child with cerebral palsy does have its share of challenges, the people who have supported her and her family have been an absolute blessing.
"We've always been surrounded by what we call 'Atti's Entourage,'" she said. "Teams of nurses and therapists and social workers who help us get him the care he needs, the equipment he needs, who have taught us how to parent to his needs. Most moms don't get that kind of support, and the value of that can't be overstated."
Edmunds said Atticus chooses to take on the world on his own terms, and describes him as an "action junkie". So when she saw a video of a father pushing his son in a wheelchair at a skate park, she knew he would love the idea.
So in early January, they took Atticus to local skate park for the first time.
With the help of his dad, Atticus shredded the bowl.
Needless to say, he absolutely loved it. Edmunds said that her son is normally quiet, but when asked about the experience he proclaimed it was "great" and "fantastic."
Edmunds shared the video on her blog and YouTube channel, where she says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. She hopes people who see it will take a couple of things from it:
I hope that people will see Atticus, and other people with disabilities, as human. I hope that people can see this joy and recognize that he's a kid like any other, and so are all the other kids who have disabilities. But what I really hope is that another kid like Atticus and another parent like me will see it and find hope and inspiration.