Adam Freeman

During her 6 years of life Hazel has faced many challenges and overcome obstacles. She does this with incredible positive determination. Besides being profoundly deaf, Hazel has physical disabilities. Her motor skills were all delayed and she was diagnosed as having a balance disorder aged 3. Hazel walked independently for the first time just before she turned 5. A joyful moment for all of us that have shared in Hazel’s journey. It was only a few months ago that we learned Hazel has cerebral palsy. This affects her motor control, balance, co-ordination and stamina. Everything is an effort for her but still she strives so hard to achieve.

As a family we all run. Our way of staying fit and keeping healthy minds. Hazel is the biggest supporter of her family and friends during parkruns and running events. This time it is Hazel’s turn to complete the distance while we cheer her on to celebrate her accomplishment and stoicism. Hazel will be running 1k at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. She is fundraising for Brainwave, a charity who have worked with Hazel and supported us throughout the past few years. Their skilled physiotherapists monitor Hazel’s progress and get her to the next stage of her physical development. We will never forget the shock, joy and emotion when they managed to get Hazel to stand still unaided for 10 seconds.

Please help us to say thank you to Brainwave and encourage Hazel to take on the next challenge by completing a 1k run independently.

Adam Freeman