Student and Teacher Work to Raise More Awareness and Support for Those Living with Spina Bifida

Every October, the Spina Bifida Association and other organizations work to share community stories that raise more awareness and support for those living with Spina Bifida. Every day, at least 8 babies or more are born in the United States with Spina Bifida. It’s the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the world. It’s often called the snowflake condition of birth defects because no two people with Spina Bifida are the same.
This year, Christopher “Leo” McNichol, a second grade student at JFK Elementary, and Haley Baker, a special education teacher at JFK Elementary, decided to work together to raise awareness for those living with Spina Bifida - and had some fun while they did it! 
Leo and Ms. Baker raced one another in their wheelchairs and submitted the video to Redefining Spina Bifida to help raise awareness during Spina Bifida month. Redefining Spina Bifida is an organization that is committed to redefining the world’s perception of spina bifida through photography and stories to offer advocacy, education, and support. Next time, Ms. Baker definitely won’t be giving Leo a head start. They both had so much fun, and were excited to be able to contribute towards educating others on Spina Bifida. 
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