Variety Kids Telethon Celebrity Child: Emily Grace Klima

March 22, 2013 Updated Mar 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM EDT

By Joanna Pasceri

March 22, 2013 Updated Mar 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM EDT

With every step, young Emily Klima is closer to achieving her dreams and goals. The six-year-old from Cheektowaga has cerebral palsy and was never expected to walk.

After an operation on her spine and legs and intense therapy, Emily is defying the odds, just as she has done since she was born.

Her mom, Kim had a difficult pregnancy and went into premature labor at 25 weeks.
After ten days lying still in bed and taking medicine to stave off labor, Kim delivered Emily, who weighed in at just over two pounds.

Emily would stay in the neonatal intensive care unit for three months before she could go home. Emily is in kindergarten now. She loves to draw and color, and along with school, undergoes some form of therapy every day.

Emily is a very determined little girl, but her parents believe much of her progress comes from the technology and care provided at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

"They make her feel like a regular kid," said Kim Klima. "They help her so much, giving her the chance of being able to walk someday, and she will walk someday thanks to Children's Hospital."