A brave little boy has taken to the slopes of a skateboard park thanks to his father who took the time to push him up and down the ramps at a newly opened complex near his home in Utah.
Callen Van Hise, who is five and has cerebral palsy, is seen zooming around the skate park near his home.
With a little help from his father, Philip, the boy appeared to have the time of his life and looked to be grinning from ear-to-ear.
His dad pushes him up and down a ramp, then up another and back down again.
Callen held his hands in the air feeling the wind rush through his fingers and he picked up speed down the hill.
The boy has a neurological disorder that limits muscle strength and coordination, which is why he cannot walk alone.
‘Our son was born 16 weeks early and we were told he had a very slim chance at survival and that if he did live, his disabilities would likely be numerous and life limiting,’ said dad, Philip.
‘In that moment we decided that regardless of any disability, we would make sure our son was given every opportunity to do anything and everything he could dream of, even if that meant doing it a little different.
|The dad and his son are seen having fun as they whisk around the skate park|
‘We started with running through our parking lot, pushing his wheelchair over the speedbumps. It is his favorite before school activity.
‘Our local skate park opened in October but weather prevented us from trying it until now. We are now asked every day to go skateboard.’
Being able to wheel Callen around the skate park gives him a level of freedom enjoyed by other able-bodied boys and an opportunity to do things other kids do, instead of having him sit on the sidelines and watch.