Girls Form Friendship From Rare Disorder

Lily & Brayden at Shriners Hospitals For Children -- Greenville
Lily & Brayden at Shriners Hospitals For Children -- Greenville

Two young girls with a rare disorder are learning to work through their disabilities – together.

4-year-old Brayden and 6-year-old Lily were both born with the same condition – called arthrogryposis. It makes their joints stiff – and hard to move.

Using their hands to paint takes therapy and practice, says Dawn Dame, Brayden’s “Meme.”

“I see mothers complain about their kids writing on walls, well when Brayden does it, we’re going to frame it,” said Dame.

Lily’s Mom, Kelli Morrison, says the two met during therapy at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville.

“Llily I think kind of sees herself as Brayden’s big sister in a way,” said Morrison.

She says the moms are able to lean on each other, while the girls learn from each other.

“You’re there to support one another, through those obstacles, through those times of celebration and Dawn and I’ve been able to do that together,” Morrison explained.

“The first time Brayden walked by herself it was because Lily kept saying to her, you can walk Brayden, watch me, I can do it, you can walk!” Dame said.

Both moms also say they can’t thank Shriners Hospitals for Children Greenville enough for helping them through the girls’ conditions.

Lily & Brayden at Shriners Hospitals For Children -- Greenville
Lily & Brayden at Shriners Hospitals For Children — Greenville

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