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Nike Designing Special Shoe for Texas Teen Living with Cerebral Palsy

Texas teen Ethan Buckley lives with cerebral palsy (CP), the most common birth injury that affects a child’s brain. CP can cause atypical reflexes, lessened muscle mass, and other skeletomuscular problems. Ethan can walk, but, due to his CP symptoms, he walks abnormally. He wears down one pair of shoes each month, on average, due to his unique stride.

Nike, the world-famous shoe manufacturer, heard about Ethan’s situation and has promised to improve the design of its cerebral palsy-friendly shoes. According to Ethan’s family, he already had a pair of Nike’s CP shoes, which were designed for Justin Gallegos, a professional runner with cerebral palsy. However, they wore down quickly as well.

To instill hope in Ethan, Nike sent him another pair of their CP shoes and a message stating they were going to rework the footwear. It is the company’s goal to create a better shoe that will improve his comfort and not wear down as quickly, or at all.

(You can learn more about Nike’s plan to improve their cerebral palsy shoes for Ethan by clicking here and viewing a brief video on the WLTX News19 Facebook page.)

Our team of Phoenix birth injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan are inspired by Ethan and Nike. To know that an international company like Nike is trying to improve the lives of people like Ethan, and that Ethan is living his best life and staying active, further fuels our motivation as compassionate injury lawyers. We proudly advocate for children born with cerebral palsy and other birth injuries caused by medical malpractice in Phoenix and beyond.

If your child was born with cerebral palsy and a medical provider’s mistake was a contributing factor, call (602) 900-9483 to request a free consultation with one of our attorneys today.


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