Wood Warriors

The Robert Michael Wood Foundation’s Wood Warriors are a group of brave children who have battled pediatric stroke, acting as a source of inspiration and instilling hope for other struggling families.

Learn more about their stories of triumph, and discover how the Robert Michael Wood Foundation supports them along with their families.

Wood Warrior Isaac

Meet Isaac

At a young age, my parents noticed that I wasn’t using both sides of my body equally. An in utero stroke was the explanation for right-sided hemiplegia. Strengthening my body through various therapies throughout the years has been a part of my weekly routines…
Wood Warrior Annabelle

Meet Annabelle

Annabelle is a mostly sweet nine year-old who was born with Cerebral Palsy, Cataracts and an infinite amount of determination and spirit. She struggles daily, however she never lets these challenges get in her way. She’s never met a challenge she’s shied away from…
Wood Warrior Jay

Meet Jay

Jay is ten years old. He was born at 28 weeks and 2 days gestation. He had a grade III intraventricular hemorrhage after birth, which led to delays in meeting his milestones and ultimately, a diagnosis of hemiplegia cerebral palsy, affecting his right side….

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Meet Isaac

I am 11 years old. My birthday falls on New Year’s Eve (bring on the parties – hahaha!!) At a young age, my parents noticed I wasn’t using both sides of my body equally. An in-utero stroke was the explanation for right-sided hemiplegia.

Strengthening my body through various therapies throughout the years (OT, PT, hippotherapy, and aquatic) has been a part of my weekly routines.

Athletics like recreational basketball with friends, swimming, bike riding, tennis and baseball keep me active and having fun!

AFOs, Billy shoes, serial casting, heel stretches, and adaptive scissors have been words in my elementary vocabulary.

Confidence and independence will continue to grow as I get older. The WalkAide has helped me to improve my gait. In turn, I am able to keep up with my friends and participate in all activities to the best of my abilities.

A huge THANK YOU to the Robert Michael Wood Foundation and their generous donors for making such a positive and impactful difference in my everyday life!

Meet Annabelle

Annabelle June is a mostly sweet 9-year-old that was born with Cerebral Palsy, Cataracts and an infinite amount of determination and spirit. Annabelle works very hard each week at Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Aqua Therapy, Vision Therapy, Speech and 3 days of gymnastics practices. She doesn’t realize how much therapy work she is accomplishing while practicing and being part of her gymnastics team. Her CP mostly affects the left side of her body challenging her vision, balance, coordination, muscle tone and strength.

She has struggles daily however she never let’s these challenges get in her way. We, as a family, do everything we can to give her, her best possible chance at “normalcy”. Annabelle is a spunky, sarcastic, fierce, hilarious, big – hearted girl. She has never met a challenge she shied away from. She never uses her challenge as an excuse.

She utilizes and depends on a Walk-Aid daily. It is a small stim machine that attaches to her left calf to stimulate her calf muscle. This pulls her toes up so she can clear a normal leg swing while walking and running. This is such an important device to her and her life every single day. It gives instant feed back so she can run and play like her friends. It also sends feedback to her brain training and reinforcing these actions.

This walk aid makes it possible for her to be a kid and play without dragging or catching her toes on her left leg.

What a blessing you and your family foundation are for Annabelle and our family! You are helping her live her best life and have as much success as possible. We are very humbled and will be forever grateful for your kind heart and generosity.

Meet Jay

Jay is ten years old. He was born at 28 weeks and 2 days gestation. He had a grade III intraventricular hemorrhage after birth, which led to delays in meeting his milestones and ultimately, a diagnosis of hemiplegia cerebral palsy, affecting his right side.

Jay had been wearing AFOs since he was one year old, and began walking when he was two. The orthotics benefited him, but he was tired of wearing them. His orthotist recommended the walk-aid, which he began wearing in late 2023. The walk-aid gives his leg muscle “reminders,” and Jay likes wearing it because it is not visible under his pants, unlike his orthotics.

He is currently in fourth grade, and so smart! Jay plays the trumpet, is in improv classes, and enjoys playing basketball and video games. He has a very close relationship with his older sister Aubrey.

All his doctors and therapists are amazed at how well he is doing considering the severity of his hemorrhage.

The gift of the walk-aid has taken a huge financial burden off us as we are still paying bills and co-pays for physical and occupational therapists and specialists. We are so grateful to have been chosen for this gift from The Robert Michael Wood Foundation, and are excited to see how much further along Jay will come with the walk-aid.