Nick's Story

Nick's Story

Nick was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a young child. This condition proved to be quite difficult with multiple surgeries and several years of physical therapy to improve his condition. His doctors and physical therapists weren’t sure that Nick would ever be able to walk, but Nick didn’t want his story to end there.

In 2019, Nick started looking for a gym in the north Brevard area to continue working on his physical health and strength. Many gyms weren’t able to provide the equipment or extra assistance needed for someone in a wheelchair, until he found Parrish Health and Fitness Center. The team at Parrish Health and Fitness were able to make accommodations and introduce him to the Next Steps program. The Next Stepsprogram is an eight-week course that includes a pre-assessment and two, 60-minute supervised group workout sessions per week. When you complete the program you will complete the post assessment to determine results and you can renew for another eight-week course if needed.

Nick began working with Tammy and the team at Parrish Health and Fitness Center on his own individualized fitness plan. He started improving his body strength in all areas with the hope of being able to walk.

Along with the assistance of the team, Nick is now able to walk two-tenths of a mile and he continues to grow his strength and distance every day.

“Because of Parrish Healthcare, my strength has improved throughout my entire body,” said Nick. “I’ve also been able to improve my self-confidence.”

We are truly inspired by Nick’s story. We feel honored to serve Nick and all those we are privileged to serve within the Parrish Healthcare Network.