The 3-year-old daughter of a Dunedin firefighter is learning to walk — very, very slowly and not without a lot of help.
With expensive therapy (the kind not covered by health insurance), little Kiley Griggs, who has cerebral palsy, is now able to sit up on her own, and stand with some support.
Kiley could have spent much of her life in a wheel chair if not for winning a $10,000 Internet cash prize in the Upromise Dream Wall sweepstakes last year.
The prize money has largely funded the special TheraSuit Therapy that is helping her build the muscular strength and coordination she needs for taking her first steps. But it's won't quite cover the final 15-day therapy regime at Lampert’s Therapy Group in Largo, which is planned for this summer.
Her parents, Jay, a Dunedin firefighter, and Lori Griggs, a teacher in Pasco County, last updated friends on Kiley’s Progress Facebook page in late March, after the first week of her second 15-day therapy regime:
“One week down 2 to go. She is doing INCREDIBLE!!!! She was even sitting on the floor with one arm fully extended and leaning on it to hold herself up!”
The Griggs tried for another Internet prize for $500 in February, but they didn’t even make it into a final round.
Want to Help?
- How? You can shop for Mothers Day and other gifts at Kiley's fundraiser in Dunedin on Sunday or make a donation directly to her fund by writing a check to “Kiley Griggs Donation Account" at any Wells Fargo bank.
- When: Sunday, April 29, 2 to 5 p.m.
- Where: The Elks Lodge, 1240 San Christopher Drive in Dunedin
- Who'll be there? Vendor from Thrity-One, Pampered Chef (cookware and bakeware), Scentsy (scented candles and accessories), Lia Sophia and Mary Kay (makeup)
- Also: Jani, a hairstylist and owner Hair Lounge, will be there cutting hair for Kiley. Or if you tell the server when you eat out at Julian’s Little Italy, 916-A Patricia Ave (next to Bealls Outlet), anytime between Sunday and May 12, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to Kiley's Fund.