Michael Hope is an outstanding 14 year old boy. He is in the 8th grade and attends Argyle Middle School. He is an “A” student, with math being his favorite subject. He has hopes and dreams of one day attending college and becoming a veterinarian.
When Michael was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. DMD is a progressive neuromuscular disease that impacts every muscle in his body. Although he is still able to transfer and walk very short distances (with assistance), he uses a power wheelchair to help him get from place to place. His daily regimen includes taking several different medications and supplements twice a day, physical therapy stretches and standing, wearing night orthotics and using a bi-pap machine. He attends swim therapy class once a week and physical therapy sessions twice a week.
Despite the daily struggles that Michael faces, he continues to be involved at school and church. He is the manager for the middle school football team. We’ve nicknamed him “The Hydrator”. He is involved in student council and helps plan school dances and other activities. He also plays percussion in the school band. He is a leader in an after school bible study group called Students Standing Strong and attends his church youth group. He enjoys watching movies, playing video games and attending Mavericks basketball games.
Regardless of Michael’s physical limitations, he chooses to stay active and be involved. He has found inner joy and spreads it around where ever he goes. All he has to do is smile!