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Ibra

Condition: Endemic African Kaposi Sarcoma

Experience: In Mayira, a rural village in Uganda, at the age of 9 years old, this active youth had his life altered. A soft tissue growth on the bottom of his sole that soon enveloped the entire foot and made it impossible to walk, play or go to school. He was forced to drop out of school from 2015 to 2018 because he could only walk on his knees or crawl. After attending a medical camp, help was offered and two years later he was brought to the U.S. where he was diagnosed with E.A.K.S. (Endemic African Kaposi Sarcoma) and received medical care at St. Mary’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at VCU Health Systems.

In January of 2019, Mission Gait was instrumental in setting up physical therapy for Ibra at The Gait Center and connecting him with orthotic services at Hanger Clinic. Ibra learned to move away from a wheelchair to crutches, then to walk without any assistive devices, all while receiving chemo! On April 13, 2019, Ibra RAN a portion of a 10K in Richmond! “Yes, he is now able to run!” Ibra is looking forward to walking onto the plane that will take him home and back to school.

Personal interests: Going to school and playing soccer

“I am happy and surprised to be walking. I never thought that I would again.”