I am Harriette Parker Harrison, I am 9 years old, I was born at 26 weeks weighing just 1lb 2oz. I was critically ill and spent the first 2 years of my life in intensive care fighting for my life at James Cook hospital Middlesbrough. I was ventilator and oxygen dependant. I slowly grew strong enough to go home in 2010 still on my ventilator and had to be cared for 24 hrs a day by my mum and dad and l had a care team also.
I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, chronic lung disease. I have a tracheostomy to help me breath and I am fed via a gastrostomy tube. I need help in all areas of my life and use a wheelchair ♿ and specialist equipment for my mobility, seating, standing and sleeping. I have limited communication but love life and you can quite often find me laughing and giggling, sometimes quite inappropriately.....
from the moment I was able to go outside I loved traveling and being out and about, even with all my equipment having adventures in the outside world was fun, whether that be to the seaside, shopping or out and about in the county side.
by the time I was 3 I was strong enough to breath independently from my ventilator, I started going to school, we started to try new activities like ice-skating and roller skating in my standing frame, horse riding, holidays to centre parcs and swimming.
On my 4 th birthday I got a special trike that I could ride which was fab. when I was 6 I had painfull hip alignment surgery on both legs and riding my bike was not as much fun anymore. I donated my trike to a friend so they could benefit from it.
about 2 years ago my dad and I tried the parkrun in Darlington, it was great and i loved whizzing round in my wheelchair ♿, we then entered the Darlington junior 3k in 2016 where I was pushed by 2 new special friends as my dad was injured. last year I fundraised and entered many junior races from Sheffield all the way to the junior gnr in Newcastle.
I won fundraiser of the year for my chosen charity in November 2017 which I am very proud of.
Early this year my wheelchair ♿ provider Specialist Orthotics Services (Sos) contacted me as they were impressed by my running and fundraising efforts while using my heavy wheelchair ♿.. this year they have given me the use of an all singing and dancing Xrover racing machine for my races which I am very excited about.. I hope to inspire other children like me that you can get out and about and enjoy life and the outdoors as well as participating in activities with other able children and live life to the full..
I have had and will continue to need a huge amount of help and support throughout my life, through my racing I hope to put something back to help other children by raising money for Zoe's place Middlesbrough. I will be racing at many events this year starting with Sunderland junior 3k In May all the way to the junior gnr in September so please help me to help others by donating what you can and even giving me a shout if you spot us racing or training.. thank-you.
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