Vivian was diagnosed with a brain tumor at six weeks old. Multiple surgeries and treatments left her nonverbal, with damaged motor skills, a tracheostomy for breathing, and a feeding tube in her stomach. Despite her challenges and the 24/7 care she requires, Vivian does not let her disabilities slow her down.
When asked what her favorite part of class is, she responds “My breathing. Thumbs up!” She has become a Power Breathing Warrior. It helps her to slow down, and significantly reduce her pain and discomfort. She taught her entire class how to power breathe earlier this year over Zoom.
“We absolutely love Kids Kicking Cancer,” Vivian’s Mom Beth said. “The overall goal of teaching my daughter martial arts (which is great physical therapy), while simultaneously teaching her relaxation techniques is such a wonderful thing. She uses the deep breathing techniques during medical procedures and other times of increased anxiety. The ability to have lessons in our home (even virtually during the pandemic) has been a lifesaver, literally.”