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©2017 BY THE HARLIE RUSSELL FOUNDATION LTD. Photo credits Linda Wiseman & Shaun Clifford

MEET ME

My name is Harlie Russell and I am 7 years old. I love playing dress ups and having fun with my friends.
 

I have a wheelchair named "Davidson" who helps me get around but I had surgery so now I use my walker "Texas" because my legs are getting stronger.

 

I don't need needles in my legs anymore and that makes me happy because they hurt.


My biggest dream is to be able to dance with my own two feet one day and I would really like your help so my dream can come true.

HARLIE'S STORY SO FAR

Harlie was born 2 months premature. From birth, Harlie was a true fighter. Throughout her infancy, Harlie struggled to reach major milestones and was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy at 18 months old.

In the time since Harlie's diagnosis, she has endured many physical therapy sessions and every 6 months would undergo a series of botox injections to relax the muscles in her legs.

The generosity of Harlie's supporters meant she was able to travel to America with her mother to meet Dr T.S. Park who performed SDR surgery on Harlie. This has changed Harlie's life forever.

Harlie attends physiotherapy and strength training 5 days per week and is gaining strength in her entire body. This is allowing Harlie to achieve things she never dreamed possible.

There is a long road ahead for Harlie but with your help, Harlie will one day achieve her dream of walking.

Since her diagnosis, Harlie has undergone 2 surgeries, 9 rounds of Botox injections, visits 9 specalists, attends hospital an average of 3 times per week and has been on and off various medications during her 6 years.

Since SDR surgery, Harlie no longer takes regular medication, suffers no pain and will never again require botox injections.