Cedric was born on June 1st, 2010. He lives in Edmonton with his parents, little sister Rosie and his dog Otis. Cedric has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a medical condition that causes the muscles to become weaker over time. Cedric shares this diagnosis with his great uncle, two uncles and a cousin. Only Cedric and his cousin are still living. There is no cure but Cedric has been seeing a specialist at the Glenrose Hospital every year since he was 6 months old. His parents help to stretch his calf muscles and take him swimming regularly. He sometimes gets frustrated when his muscles can’t keep up with him. Stairs are a challenge so he crawls up with his little sister or needs to hold someone’s hand. When he gets tired, he trips and falls more easily. He has trouble running as fast as other boys his age and when he tries to jump, only his heels get off the ground.
Although his body may have physical limitations, he still knows how to have fun and is a very smart boy. At 3 ½ months old, he started attending public library programs. He went to last year’s Car Show at Northlands Park with his parents. He enjoyed sitting on his Dad’s lap in the drivers’ seats as they pretended to be race car drivers. He attended an Edmonton Eskimos Football game in August of 2011. Besides enjoying all the sights and sounds, he quickly made friends with those sitting around him, which isn’t hard to do with his good looks and cheerful personality. He has enjoyed vacationing with his family, either in Mexico or at the family cabin in the mountains.
Cedric is also eager to help with chores around the house, like watering the plants, turning on the dishwasher and helping to load the washing machine.
He took part in last year’s Walk for Muscular Dystrophy for the first time. Many family members and friends supported him by either helping to raise money or by attending the event too. Last fall, he attended the Family Retreat at Camp He Ho Ha in Seba Beach. He loved playing with the other children he met and felt very comfortable around their wheelchairs. Cedric visited with the fire fighters during the Rooftop Campout this year and helped to lift their spirits. He is an inspiration to us all!