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Miah's making waves and achieving dreams!

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Miah was born with hip dysplasia, club feet, and arthrogryposis, a condition affecting her joints. When Easterseals became a part of her life, she was almost two and still wasn’t walking. Nine years later, Miah is achieving her dreams!

Easterseals not only helped Miah learn to walk for the first time, but MANY times after surgeries. Miah is always striving toward new goals, and she reaches them through determination, perseverance, and hard work in Easterseals therapy. Miah learned dance moves and tried gymnastics. She mastered the challenge of climbing stairs independently. She successfully ran 140 feet in 20 seconds, so now she’s aiming for 17. She learned to ride a recumbent bike and completed a triathlon. Now at age 11, Miah’s biggest focus and greatest love is swimming!

Miah was inspired three years ago after watching the World Para Swimming competition, featuring athletes with disabilities. Since then, Miah has dramatically improved her swim times while competing alongside able-bodied swimmers. She was part of the Deaconess Aquatic Center’s opening ceremonies with Olympic Champion and Evansville native Lily King, and received encouragement from Evansville’s own Paralympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Jenkins. Miah recently swam in divisional competition for the first time, and her first major para swimming meet is in May. It’s the next step toward her biggest dream yet – competing in the 2028 Summer Paralympic Games!

Whatever Miah’s future goals may be, you can count on her to keep making waves! And thanks to the community's support, Easterseals will be here, empowering Miah to achieve her dreams.

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