Maksim: Living Life to the Fullest
Maksim has had more unforgettable experiences in his ten years than other children his age. He has also had more challenges. Maksim was born prematurely and was diagnosed at only one-month-old with tetraplegia cerebral palsy. From that moment on, his parents knew there would be difficult times ahead, but that has never stopped Maksim from experiencing all that life has to offer.
“We explain to Maksim that all this is possible with his determination and hard work. We also emphasize that he could not do all this without his team of therapists and medical professionals.”
Maksim undergoes private physical, occupational, speech, and communication therapies several times per week. This perfect regimen of horseback riding, swim therapy, and homeschooling is the key to his success and has made his many adventures possible.
Maksim loves to travel and has lots of interests and hobbies! He and his family have traveled to places like the Arctic Circle, Canada, and several locations throughout the United States. While on their travels, Maksim led a cattle drive, went on a dog sled taxi, touched the Stanley Cup, and even debuted his homemade Zamboni Halloween costume on the ice at the Staples Center.
Maksim has led an incredible life so far, but even more important are the qualities he possesses. Maksim’s mom, Maki, said “We explain to Maksim that all this is possible with his determination and hard work. We also emphasize that he could not do all this without his team of therapists and medical professionals.” His parents have instilled in him gratefulness, kindness, and appreciation for everyone who helps him on his journey—people like Captain Richard Shiah of the Niagara Falls Fire Department. The love and kindness Richard and the department have shown Maksim has made a huge impact on his life.