Kentucky Derby Festival | Cerebral palsy no barrier in 5K
Arriving nearly four months early and weighing just over a pound, Hallie Coffey’s survival wasn’t assured in the days after her premature birth in Louisville 27 years ago. Months in the infant intensive care unit and a lifetime of therapy and medical care would follow.
But yesterday, Coffey, who has cerebral palsy, reached a new milestone, walking 3.1 miles to complete the annual Anthem 5K Fitness Classic in Louisville, a fundraiser for WHAS Crusade for Children.
Their parents, Brenda and Jimmy Coffey, said their daughter has worked hard to overcome her disability. As a young child, she used a walker. She also had multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy, they said. Her mother said her determined daughter has come a long way. “Five years ago, she could barely walk several blocks,” Brenda Coffey said. “We’ve been working our way up.”