Variety Club Ambassador Brianna's Amazing Story

March 4, 2011 Updated Mar 4, 2011 at 12:43 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

March 4, 2011 Updated Mar 4, 2011 at 12:43 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY

"Brianna was born after a normal pregnancy....just had a weak cry and a low body temperature. We thought really nothing of it," said Kim Hudson, Brianna's mother.

But that quickly changed. Brianna began to get sick, and for the first year of her life she was taken back and forth to hospitals and clinics. Doctors later diagnosed her with several physical and neurological disorders. They said Brianna would not be able to walk, talk or live on her own. Medical professionals even feared her life would be cut short by the illnesses.

But Brianna beat the odds with a treasure chest of medications and a second family she found at the Springville League for the Handicapped when she was two years old. After spending 5 1/2 years at Springville working with teachers and therapists, Brianna did learn to walk and even graduated kindergarten.

These days Brianna loves using a special device that allows her to communicate with her family. She continues to amaze her family as she has won awards for dance and her achievements in school.