A Walk a Day for Mirabel

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by Maggie O'Mara

NWCN.com

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 11:15 PM

BOISE -- A Boise couple can't believe the response they've received on a Facebook page dedicated to their 3-year-old daughter, Mirabel.

The page is called "A Walk A Day for Mirabel," and the goal is to encourage Mirabel to start walking on her own.

Mirabel was diagnosed with Down Syndrome just minutes after being born.

"It was hard at first, she was in the NICU for two weeks, I didn't get to hold her right away," said Mirabel's mom, Emily Nielson."We had so much support and love from our friends and family we knew it was going to be okay."

Mirabel has been a blessing ever since. And on January 1st, Nielsen decided to do something special to encourage her to walk. "I thought let's do a walk a day for mirabel, put our energy out there," she said.

She started a Facebook page, and invited people to join.

"I thought maybe 10 or 20 friends would jump on board, yeah, let's get out, let's walk, get on the treadmill, let's run and it just blossomed from there," said Nielson.

Already, nearly 600 people have signed up to take part.

"We have people everywhere from New Zealand, to Germany to Thailand, Canada, New York City, Arizona all posting pictures and video," said Nielson.

They are people from all over the world, who want to be a part of Mirabel's journey.

It's been a few weeks now, and Mirabel is making progress. She's up and moving with the help of a walker toy. "Just even a week ago, she wouldn't have stood up to her walker toy and pushed it on her own," said Nielson. "She's just taken off in the last couple of weeks."

Mirabel's parents think the energy of hundreds of people pulling for her, is encouraging her to learn to walk on her own.

"It will be nice to tell her someday that almost six hundred people moved their bodies for her."

It's a testament to the power of social media -- and the determination and heart of this little girl.

"All of these people, all for Mirabel. They've been keeping her in mind and it's just been overwhelming," said Nielson.

If you have a Facebook account, you can join A Walk A Day for Mirabel by clicking here.
 

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