Community Advisor — Cathryn Gray

Cathryn Gray, Community Advisor

Cathryn Gray, Community Advisor

Cathryn Gray — I am 16 years old and will be sophomore in high school in 2017-2018. I live in Georgia.

I think the voices of teens living with Cerebral Palsy should be heard and taken into account. I’ve been an active participant in my care, surgeries, therapy and other interventions and would like to share my opinions with a broader audience. I have high goals for myself and having CP makes that more challenging but won’t stop me from achieving them. Having said that, if I can make a difference in improving the lives of others with CP – especially children newly diagnosed or yet to be diagnosed, I very much want to do that.
I am participating with CPRN to share my perspectives and opinions with the community, researchers and doctors. Teens with CP are often overlooked and we have a lot to contribute, and would like to be taken into more account in terms of research, treatment and improvement plans that lead to meaningfully improved quality of life.

I’m very focused on academics and hope to go to law school after college. Latin is my favorite subject. I love participating in many adaptive sports including track and field, rock climbing and rowing, and am active in my school choir, academic team and tutoring disadvantaged elementary school students.