Blessing is breaking barriers thanks to the Bloomington Easterseals staff

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A girl by the name of Blessing Hickman is breaking new barriers thanks to the help she recieves with Easterseals.

Blessing is an elementary student whose mom says her smile is so contagious she leaves everyone around her smiling.

“She’s from Liberia, West Africa and she has hydrocephalus,” said Debbie Hickman, her mother. “She also had a clubbed foot when she came home.”

Debbie was unsure if her daughter would ever learn to walk, but then, she learned of the services Easterseals offers in Central Illinois and thought she’d give it a try.

“She went from hardly being able to stand on it, to the walker,” said Debbie.

But it didn’t end there, Blessing is now walking with crutches and that’s not the only milestone she’s reached thanks to services at easterseals.

“She can walk up and down the bus steps, where as before she couldn’t even do that,” said Debbie. “It’s neat to see the different things that she is doing and the excitement that she gets.”

The Hickman’s are excited with how far blessing has come, but the work isn’t done yet.

“Maybe some day she will walk without anything,” said Debbie.

The two say they are beyond grateful to the staff at Easterseals for all they have done. 

“I think easterseals is a fantastic organization,” said Debbie. “Obviously all the kids have some sort of difficulty or difference, but they are treated like every other kid. Knowing that she can come in here and be normal like everyone else, is a phenomenal feeling.

Tune in to WMBD for our two day Easterseals telethon on March 1st and 2nd.

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