Youngster with cerebral palsy to tackle fun run

A 12-year-old girl living with cerebral palsy is gearing up to take part in a local fun run.

Katie Holmes, Manchester, will be taking on the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run on Sunday 20 May.

The youngster, who has had several operations over the years due to the difficulties she experiences walking, has to rely on a walking frame – and sometimes a wheelchair – in order to get around.

But the 12-year-old insists that she will not let this, or her condition, hold her back from completing the self-imposed challenge.

“I want to show people that no matter what hurdle is put in front of them, anything is possible,” she said in a recent interview with the Manchester Evening News.

“People say to me I am an inspiration, which I get embarrassed at because I am just trying to be the best version of me.

“It might take me a little longer to get to the finish line, but I will do it.”

The youngster’s mum, Emma Holmes, added: “Throughout her condition, Katie has used a wheelchair for longer distances which meant she struggled to make friends, as she was always left out and couldn’t play out with other children.

“Despite going through so many operations in a short time, she is a very positive person who says she wants people to look at her beyond her cerebral palsy and see she is just a normal little girl who wants to make every day a good day.

“She wants other children to look at her and see her as an inspiration, as she has never wanted her disability to get in the way.”

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