Don Highsted still stops to compose himself when he recalls the moment he learned that daughter Kelsey had cerebral palsy.
She was just 18 months old. Don and his wife Kim recognized that she was slower to develop motor skills than other babies, and the Vancouver Island couple had enrolled the toddler in a program providing physical therapy.
Her parents were both avid soccer players. And one day, Don asked Kelsey’s therapist if she would get strong enough to play soccer.
The reply came like a blow. “Well, if you’ve got cerebral palsy, it’s not likely.”
Kelsey is 23 now. And while she doesn’t play soccer, she rides dressage on a striking chestnut horse and has just taken up cycling (on a three-wheeled bicycle).
Read more about Kelsey's story.