Building Dreams Together: Kristie's story
This is the eighth in an ongoing series of stories about some of the children we are helping through Building Dreams Together: The MultiCare Campaign for Healthy Children. The campaign concludes at the end of 2015.
Meet Kristie Gronberg, an upbeat 18-year-old with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder characterized by brittle bones.
Kristie, who lives in Port Orchard, has been getting the help she needs from MultiCare Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit (CTU) since she was just 6 months old.
Jade Weeks-Evans, an occupational therapist at the CTU, has worked with Kristie for about 10 years.
“The biggest thing for Kristie has been her accessing her environment,” Weeks-Evans says. “So we’ve worked as a team figuring out her walker, her seating system and her power chair.”
Kristie's goal is to finish her associate’s degree in arts, then pursue a creative writing degree and become an author. She also wants to get around by herself as much as possible, and encourage others to keep an open mind about those who are different.
“It’s kinda understandable when people are afraid of people who are different, but that doesn’t mean that’s an excuse not to meet them,” Kristie says. “You might find that you like the same stuff … and you might find that you make a lot of friends that way.”