When our son Casey was first diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was six months old, we had to deal with a range of emotions. We were also gradually introduced to the various support systems that would become a part of our lives throughout his childhood and continue today as a young adult.
We first met Mary Miller when Casey was two years old and ready for his first set of orthoses (AFOs). Mary is very caring in her approach and made us feel at ease with how Casey’s orthoses would help him as he grew. Whether it was just popping in for a small adjustment or being cast for new orthoses, Casey always enjoys his visits with Mary.
— Jack and Sharon MacKay
My name is Casey MacKay. I am a 20-year old young man living with a diagnosis of Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. I am in my second year of the Broadcast/Television/Videography program at Humber College North Campus in Toronto.
Mary made my first pair of leg braces when I was just two years old. I don’t really remember first meeting Mary, but one thing I do know is that she always made sure I was comfortable by explaining everything she was doing, as she was doing it. Never once did I feel frightened or scared during my appointments.
At the age of four, Mary made me my second pair of leg braces with a cable that ran from my leg brace to a belt around my waist. Mary had a big book full of decals, and we always got to choose which one we wanted on our braces. I wanted a Mickey Mouse decal on mine, but because of copyright issues this was not possible. However, she made sure that the fabric on the belt was Mickey Mouse. This just shows how Mary will go above and beyond to ensure her clients are happy.
Whenever my braces started to hurt, break, or need readjustments, Mary always got me in quickly to see her. Now that I have stopped growing, I no longer need to wear my leg braces. However, I still get to see Mary because she is now making the foot orthoses that go in my shoes.
Over the years, Mary has made me feel special by showing interest in what I am currently doing. Thank you Mary for just being you. You are awesome!
— Casey MacKay