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Tanya

Courage Award Winner Tanya

Tanya is an exceptional mother with a calm, patient demeanor who noticed that her baby wasn’t reaching typical milestones. She has stood by and advocated for her daughter for over 17 years, helping her navigate numerous surgeries, multiple diagnosis and treatments. Doctors readily admit that her daughter’s condition is extremely complex including Scoliosis, Congenital Myopathy and Asperger’s Syndrome. In addition to being a full time caregiver for her daughter, one year Tanya’s mother suffered a broken neck and her husband suffered neck pain, both requiring her support. This saw Tanya helping three different individuals using three different modes of transportation.

As a parent she has shown courage, commitment and dedication. Of her own accord, Tanya spent hours researching in advance of medical appointments to enable her participation as part of the care team. Her goals never wavered: to pioneer new beginnings for her daughter, to have no regrets, and to focus on the here and now. “Growth is a stepping stone – take what you learn and apply it to life.”

“Tanya was the glue on many hard days. Her hope and patience pulled everyone together. Staff and clinicians learned a lot from her and will carry those learnings forward and say “remember when…” Dr. Lynn Breau, Diane Plouffe Team

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