The Bravery of Becket – A Year Later!

Becket Knoyer, smiling!Every day is a brave new adventure, especially for little 4-year-old Becket Knoyer. And recently Becket has found a few new reasons to smile!

Since last year, Becket’s parents have searched for ways to make life a little easier and more care-free for the little boy with the big spirit. They wanted to be able to give him a little more independence as he grows, something that his medical complications make difficult. Because of a lack of oxygen to his brain in the birthing process, Becket has suffered from seizures, muscle tone issues, and some dietary restrictions in the first few years of his life. The muscle tone issues, especially, can restrict the normal activities a child his age can participate in without help.

But none of that slows Becket down! And thanks to his parents’ dedication and love, a few new pieces of equipment allow him to be in the action more than ever. The first piece is a prone stander that aids Becket’s muscles to keep him upright while his family sits around the dinner table and talks about the day’s events. It also gives him more independence while playing games with his older brother, Dash. The two little boys have table top bowling matches constantly, turning the kitchen into a regular bowling alley.

Another great device, Upsee, makes it possible for Becket to stand and walk! A special harness connects him to an adult via a harness waistband and joined foot piece. With some minor assistance, Becket is moving and grooving around the house and in his favorite outdoor locations. His mother, Karen, loves seeing him play and laugh with more ease.

These devices that assist Becket in movement and comfortable independence have made a huge change in his already great personality this year. According to his mother, he’s more positive and happy than ever before!

One area that the family would like to improve for Becket is riding in a car. His car seat is not very comfortable and usually causes a few tears. So if you have any suggestions or know of someone who might, please let us know and we will pass the message along!

The Courage for Carina Gift Card Fund continues to provide cafeteria vouchers and parking passes to the Knoyer family for their weekly hospital checkups and therapy appointments. Courage for Carina honors strong, brave children like Becket every day and enjoys sharing updates as they grow.

Thank you to all those who have been a part of Becket’s inspirational story of courage. If you would like more information on how to get involved, contact the Courage for Carina foundation or donate today.


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Posted on: February 25, 2015


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