Mariah was born with cerebral palsy (CP), a condition that affects the brain and the neurological connection it has with the body movement and muscle coordination.
Mariah’s diagnosis has led her to face many challenges but the real story is how she continues to overcome them.
In 2014, Mariah joined the DR Semmes Family YMCA to train for the Texas Regional Paralympic Games where she competed in the 100m run.
After the Paralympic Games, the Y hadn’t seen much of Mariah until she rejoined last summer. She had one goal in mind, to regain the strength she once had. With most of her time spent in a wheelchair, her strength and mobility had tremendously decreased, which caused her to rely heavily on her wheelchair and feel insecure without it.
Now, Mariah has an entirely new outlook. After receiving assistance from the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, she is now able to walk on a typical treadmill all by herself. The AlterG relieves an individual from their full body weight, allowing them to walk without the risk of injuring themselves. The DR Semmes Family YMCA is the only facility that has this type of treadmill in the city of San Antonio.
With the encouragement and innovation of her wellness coach, Erron, Mariah has maintained focus on her fitness and mobility goals and gained a new friend. Her favorite exercise is ball slams but she also enjoys the arm bike.
“I describe the Y as the place where I have a blast,” says Mariah.
Mariah is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University and currently works for the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Small Business Development Center. To learn more about Mariah’s story, click here to watch a short video.