Neuro Developmental Science Center


Meet Maddison

Madison Harrison is a happy, healthy, 13 year old girl with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. She was born three months premature, and spent three months in Akron Children’s Hospital NICU. While there, she had a rough start. She began her days on a Ventilator, eventually progressing to CPAP, while suffering bouts of apnea and recovering from surgery on her heart. She was tiny, but definitely a fighter. We eventually made it home, where she remained on oxygen and an Apnea Monitor for six months. We immediately began therapy with Madison, and Akron Children’s Hospital became our second home. Because of her condition, we have spent countless hours in the Neurodevelopment Center, Orthopedics, Endocrinology, Neurosurgery, the Rehab Department, and more.

Madison loves dance, music and art. With all of her appointments, she still makes time to participate in Girl Scouts and Dance Unlimited, a special needs dance group ran by the hospital. With this diagnosis, Madison has taught me about patience and perseverance. She continues to show her fighting spirit, constantly overcoming obstacles in her way. Madison is an inspiration to her friends and family, never letting her disability get in her way. Madison often says “ I have CP, but CP doesn’t have me!”

Teams paired with Maddison:
  • Centerville
  • Hudson
  • Jackson
  • St Ignatius