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Peter the patient hero

Peter doesn't let his cerebral palsy hold him back.


By McKenna Hoecherl

Peter Smith, 13, doesn’t hesitate to answer when people ask him questions about living with cerebral palsy (CP). He loves to help educate other kids about CP and be an advocate for both himself and others who have disabilities.

Because of his positivity and kindness, Peter received the Patient Hero Award at this year’s Bridge Builders Luncheon in support of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. 

Peter has been visiting the Mary Bridge Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit (CTU) since 2006. His condition requires him to go through frequent procedures and testing, but despite this he always keeps a positive attitude.

Peter understands that the care he receives from CTU helps him overcome the day-to-day obstacles that accompany CP. He doesn’t let those obstacles hold him back — he’s most proud of the fact that he’s part of mainstream classes at his middle school. 

No matter what challenge he faces, Peter strives to stay true to his personal motto: “I do my best and I forget about the rest.” 

Each year, the CTU provides therapy for more than 2,500 children with special needs thanks to generous community support of the CTU Endowment.

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