Told She Wouldn’t be Able to Walk or Talk, She’s Now an Olympic Medal-Winning Runner

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 29, 2014   |   12:50PM   |   Washington, DC

As a baby, Molly Hincka was diagnosed with a developmental delay and the doctors said she would never walk or talk. Her mother, Kerry, explains, “She couldn’t walk because of weakness and coordination. When I would pick her up, her legs would curl under and not support her.

mollyhincka“We jumped into action with physical therapy twice a week. And we used a standing frame that I would strap her into an hour a day to enable her bones and feet to bear weight. I would sit in front with activities on a tray to keep her entertained. “From this we transitioned from crawling to a walker with braces and beyond. She was walking by age four and talking by the time she went to kindergarten!

“We are an athletic family, so when she was seven, I enrolled Molly in a community soccer group that had been good for her older brother. But it was hard to watch her carefully set up to kick the ball and have another player kick it away before she was ready.”

Molly was chosen to compete in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, where she won three medals: the bronze for the 5,000-meter; the silver for the 3,000-meter; and another bronze for the 4×400 relay.

Here’s a special video from Proctor and Gamble telling Molly’s inspirational story!

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