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Reagan suffered an anoxic brain injury at the age of six from complications following her adenoids being removed that changed her forever.  It’s important to know Reagan is cognitively aware and understands her surroundings.  She is g-tube feed and has increased saliva secretions which causes her to cough.  Reagan goes to therapies several times a month where she works on maintaining strength and range of motion so she can continue to use her arms and legs.  She has several pieces of equipment at home such as a stander, walker, bicycle and stroller so we can keep her active as much as possible.   She enjoys when anyone talks about her family, especially her twin brother Dakota or when her older sister Kendyl might be doing something that could get her in trouble.  She has participated in eight races in the Richmond area.  They include the Monument 10K and the Richmond ½ Marathon.  This is possible for Reagan because of an organization named Inclusive Racing.  This organization supports individuals with special needs to experience the exhilaration of being athletes in running a race by providing them an adaptive stroller and a team of runners who support them.  Reagan likes country music, getting her nails done, finds it funny to hear about mischievous stories, basic teenage gossip and listening to anyone’s family drama.  Reagan will vocalize and laugh when she hears others getting in trouble or even when another person is upset.  She will close her eyes when she feels uncomfortable, knows if someone is staring at her, or feels as though she’s being ignored.  This is Reagan’s way of shutting down.   Reagan wants to be accepted. She appreciates being spoken to and wants to be given the opportunity to be included.  This is true for anyone no matter any circumstance. We all need to feel we belong.   Passing along kindness and a simple smile speaks volumes; it lets that person know you care.

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