WATCH: Supportive Mom Helps Son With Cerebral Palsy Skateboarding

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The goal of every parent is to see their children have everything they want. Through whatever means, parents try to ensure their children want for nothing. Various aspects of life affect this goal, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. That is the fundamental truth mother Lau Patrón lived by when her son showed a particular passion neither wanted him to give up. She tried to convince herself – and him – that her son with cerebral palsy skateboarding simply would not become a reality, the better to accept a harsh fact.

João Vicente was 20 months old when he collapsed from a stroke. The incident was attributed to a rare autoimmune condition, and that is when doctors first discovered that João had cerebral palsy. This thoroughly and negatively affected his ability to walk. Adding to his and his mother’s dismay was João’s affinity for various recreational activities. By his very nature, João was not content to just sit still and let his cerebral palsy dictate his life. Neither was his mother. Their wills combined made dreams become reality.

Dreams can be emotionally hard to pursue

Lau Patrón wanted her son to do whatever he dreamed of
Lau Patrón wanted her son to do whatever he dreamed of / Instagram

When first João showed his fondness for various sports – in particular skateboarding – the revelation came with grief. Patrón, a diversity activist and writer, did not want her son plagued by frustration and disappointment. The Porto Alegre native told TODAY Parents, “I tried for a long time to replace the desire for skateboarding with other tools. He rode him on a tricycle to the skate rides, but that was not what he wanted.”

It was evident to Patrón her son had made up his mind. So she, in turn, accommodated his wishes. She searched and searched for ways to let João do as he so wished, and eventually discovered Skate Anima. This collaboration between physiotherapist Stevan Pinto and psychologist Daniel Paniagua is an effort made for skaters by skaters. Their passion for the sport drove them to research and provide ways for all children to enjoy skateboarding. Together, they create boards adapted to each child’s needs. Safety and fun combine to make the perfect board for any aspiring skater.

Exposure produces support, which provides insight

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tá chovendo aqui em curitiba e vou me fazer de louca e postar esse #tbt atrasado de um outro dia chuvoso. meu filho tem 7 anos. é um menino cheio de vontades, desejos, sonhos. e um deles foi, por muito tempo, andar de skate. acontece que ele tem paralisia cerebral desde que sofreu um AVC, com 1 ano e 8 meses. e para as crianças que tem paralisia cerebral, ou qualquer outro tipo de deficiência, ter desejos e sonhos não é permitido. o mundo tá sempre nos dizendo que não. não devemos, não conseguimos, não vai dar certo, não tem adaptação. não pertencemos. por muito tempo tentei suprir esse sonho do joão com outros recursos, bike, andador, skate elétrico de dupla comigo – não recomendo para pessoas que, como eu, são capazes de tropeçar no próprio pé. nada adiantou. até que eu conheci o @skate_anima . um projeto tocado por dois caras incríveis @danielpaniagua_ e @stevan_pinto que não conseguiram ficar parados diante do sonho de uma outra jovem com paralisia cerebral. ela queria o mesmo que o joão: andar de skate. e esses caras ficaram inquietos pensando o quão absurdo essa estrutura que faz com que crianças e jovens não possam sonhar, não importa quem sejam. os dois amam skate, e acharam mais que justo que todas as crianças pudessem ter a chance de amar também: a liberdade, o vendo no rosto, a adrenalina. acharam um jeito de fazer o impossível mais possível, e de lá pra cá realizaram os sonhos de muita gente, encontrando várias adaptações possíveis para pessoas com diferentes deficiências viverem a experiência. esse andador que o joão usa, em específico, foi criado por @ricardoporva do @espaco.vivairis , ele é skatista e pai atípico, e teve essa ideia para que sua filha com ame pudesse andar com ele. uma rede de coragem e afeto. ontem o vídeo da primeira vez que o joão andou foi parar em uma plataforma importante internacional de skate, e assim a gente vai transformando o que é normal, o que pertence, quem pertence, e o que é possível. e a auto-estima de um carinha que tá todo orgulhoso por aqui. obrigada @skate_anima por tanto, sempre. vocês merecem o mundo. @berrics thank you for taking my lion for a ride. nesse #tbt o dia que andamos na chuva mesmo.

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There is a cyclical nature to situations like João’s. Initially, neither he nor his mother could have imagined a service existed dedicated to creating adapted boards for children of all abilities. Yet now she sees her son with cerebral palsy skateboarding. Since then, a video has gone viral featuring João enjoying his new, custom board that lets him have just as much fun as anyone else. And he makes sure viewers know what a great time he is having! Already, it is evident how many have been touched by his glee and her dedication in equal measure. Patrón feels, “It is so thrilling to see a boy like João skateboarding, happy, full of life, because we live in a sick society where we often forget the purpose of being here.”

Professional skateboarder Ricardo Oliveira designed João’s board. Oliveira entered this area of study because he wanted to be able to skate with his daughter. To people like him and Patrón, they only did what any other parent would do. “I love sports and I love my son, who loves to experience the world and life so damn much. He’s a boy like any other, and this story is about that,” she stated, adding, “Diversity is our strength.”

João thoroughly enjoys his new board
João thoroughly enjoys his new board / Twitter

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