The Latkovski sisters on the 2013 WHAS Crusade for Children


With more than 4,000 dancers and 300 teams performing at that event, the sisters didn’t leave a dry eye in the house. “I love dancing and want to show that I can do anything everyone else can because I believe in my dreams,” says Gracie. Her mom states that there is nothing that can stop her daughter from doing what the loves. Gracie’s contagious smile is what helps her take on the world.

Cerebral palsy can occur during pregnancy (~75%), at birth (~5%) or after birth (~15%). 80% of causes cannot be determined. The most common causes include infections, lack of iodine and significant head injury in very early childhood. Cystic fibrosis, on the other side, is one of the most common life-shortening, childhood-onset inherited diseases. In the US, 1 in 3900 children are born with CF. One in 22 people of European descent are carriers of a gene for this disease. Ireland has the highest rate of carriers in the world (1 in 19). There is no cure for CF. It results in frequent lung infections and poor growth.