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Local girl, family receive gift from ATI Foundation

By Kayleigh Rahn
Before her head hit her pillow Wednesday night 8-year-old Dilynn Wilson knew what she’d be wearing to school Thursday morning.

She proudly wore her new, bright red T-shirt from ATI Physical Therapy.

Although the shirt might have been the highlight of the even for Tuscola grade schooler Dilynn, the article of clothing is a simple token that represents an important helping hand extended to her family.

At 9 months old Dilynn was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

At the time she was only rolling from her front to her back, and her parents, Amy Wilson and Josh Wilson, were told she would likely never walk on her own. However, Dilynn defied the odds, took on each challenge, and she reached the appropriate milestones, just in her own time.

“Immediately we had five therapies per week in home and eventually started to progress by rolling the other way and sitting up,” Amy said. “It took longer, she didn’t crawl until she was 3 or walk until 4, but I think we’ve always seen progress.”

By kindergarten she was mobile with the help of her reverse walker and leg braces; however just before Christmas break that year, Dilynn made progress the doctors never considered.

She was with her classmates in the North Ward cafeteria when her teacher Deann Brookins said it was time to return to the classroom. However, Dilynn–alongside her walker–froze.

She didn’t budge an inch.

Mrs. Brookins ushered the rest of the children to the classroom, but Dilynn, with the company of her aid and walker, stood still.

“Mrs. Brookins returned, picked up the walker, moved it to the side, and boom,” her father Josh said, “she never used a walker after that. It was pretty awesome.”

“It was amazing,” Amy added. “Even the negativity we’d heard in the past, we’d just leave it behind and move on.”

Luckily for Dilynn she has never been in short supply of support. Her parents are divorced, but happily recoupled, which doubled her family including bonus siblings, parents, and grandparents.

The full story can be found in the Wednesday, March 14 edition of The Tuscola Journal.

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