Finding yourself a part of a new community can be exciting, nerve wrecking, and filled with so many options.

The day after we received Oliver's diagnosis of spina bifida, we jumped right into any community we could: Online, organizations, and foundations! At first we thought all we needed was someone's personal experience with receiving and raising a child with the diagnosis. 

Little did we know, these wonderful communities had so much more to offer. 

I was quite blown away by all the events and activities planned, not only for those with spina bifida, but for any child with a disability and their families. 

One event in particular was the Wheelchair Motorcross event. Yes, you read right... the WCMX! A sport designed to let the inner wild loose onn all wheelchair riders willing to participate. In an event like this, you find young and old, boys and girls, taking the risks launching up and down ramps, and even grinding on curbs.

Our family just so happens to know a brave young lady who shows no limitations when hitting the pavement in the WCMX events.

Her name is Brooklyn Skye Gibson and she is only a whopping seven years old! Almost 20 years younger than I am, and so much braver. She was born in Illinois and moved to Texas when she was just a year old. Brooklyn enjoys living in Texas, as she has been given many opportunities at such a young age and the ability to embark on athletic journeys.

All this has been critical in aiding Brooklyn growing as an individual.

She started playing sports at the age of two. 

One is always sure to find her shredding it up at the skate park! You can find her shredding, jumping curbs, or hitting any ramp in sight in her WCMX Box wheelchair.

Brooklyn is very determined and independent when trying new things. Although she is a little shy at times, she is quite the dare devil! You can find her in her special zone whenever she is in her wheelchair.

Her involvement in sports has helped boost her confidence as well as spread awareness to others that may not yet understand that just because she gets around differently, does not mean that she can not do what others can do.

She just simply does it her own way! Brooklyn has her own saying, “Tell me I cant, and I will!”

After placing in the WCMX event, I thought I would sit down and have Brooklyn answer a couple questions for all her fans!

“What goes through your mind when you are about to go down a ramp?” - “Don't be scared! Don't be afraid! I can do this!”

“What is your favorite trick to do in the event?” - “I have more than one: I like the duck walk, wheelies-360 and grinding the rail.”

“What advice do you have for kids, like my son, who have just received their first wheelchair?” - “Don't be scared. Have fun! Practice a lot so you can get better.”

As I was wrapping up the interview, I had one last question for mom, Brittany Gibson..

"How did you manage to step back and let your little one live free in a risky sport?” - “I was nervous at the beginning, but once I saw the rush of independence and freedom on her face, it brought a whole new perspective to our lives! To watch your child smile and try so hard at something and see them celebrate when they hit tricks, shows you that they are mastering a new level of independence.”

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