In all the ways that matter, Peter Adkins is your typical 10-year-old. He’s a protective older brother to his younger sister Katie, loves cars, sports and Star Wars. He’s easy to smile, quick to laugh and brings joy to all who meet him. When you’re in Peter’s presence, the fact that he can’t speak quickly becomes an afterthought. Peter has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and has received care at Gillette Children’s for most of his life.
“Peter’s progress has and always will be a day-to-day process,” his mother Amanda says. “When we received Peter’s initial diagnosis of CP, the emphasis seemed to be grounded in all the things he wouldn’t be able to do. In our time at Gillette, we’ve never once felt that way. At Gillette, we met a group of people solely focused on all he could do. Since then, he’s already done many things we previously believed to be impossible. Peter won’t stop trying. He’s stubborn that way. We can’t wait to see what he does next!”